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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Remember whipping up potatoes at the last minute before holiday meals? Never again! These are the most delicious mashed spuds we've ever tasted - but best of all, you can make them the day before the feast.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 4 pounds medium potatoes (about 12), peeled and quartered
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives, optional
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk


  • 1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add potatoes; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in butter, seasonings and, if desired, chives. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • 3. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before heating. Microwave, uncovered, on high 10 minutes, stirring once. Stir in milk. Microwave until heated through, about 5 minutes. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 247 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 257244
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2016

"These were the best mashed potatoes. I will be using this recipe as my go to from now on. I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them. I have two ovens so I baked them in a 9x13 pan at 350 for one hour. Making the potatoes the evening before definitely made Thanksgiving run smoother. I used a 5lb bag of potatoes which had exactly 12 medium potatoes and made the recipe as directed. It was the perfect mixture of ingredients to make creamy yummy mashed potatoes that were not liquidy or dry. I didn't use chives, but I did use cream cheese with chives. Yummy."

Brossi User ID: 8526235 246459
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"Wonderful recipe. The whole family enjoyed this dish. Used 6 large potatoes. Would absolutely make this again. Thanks for an awesome recipe."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 238338
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"I made a batch and a half of these delicious potatoes for our Thanksgiving meal this year. I stirred up the recipe the day before, then warmed them (on low) for 4 hours in my 5-qt. crock pot, stirring occasionally . Everyone loved them! I will definitely be making this recipe again!"

apple1 User ID: 302819 233863
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"I have made these several time and prepare them the day before. I put them in the crockpot and store in the fridge until the day of. I only turn the crock pot on about 2 hours before we are eating to warm them. No need to have them heating all day."

peacharmadillo User ID: 3329993 216630
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"We feel it tastes better on day two and prepare it in advance on purpose."

Mommalovespink User ID: 7310357 53612
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"Great recipe... It was so nice to make ahead and have ready for Thanksgiving dinner!! So fluffy and creamy; will absolutely make again."

DrewDrawed User ID: 6976671 141111
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"Restaurant quality - reminds me of a steakhouse version of mashed potatoes I've had. They're light and creamy texture, lots of flavor in each bite!"

cwbuff User ID: 441425 206079
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"Good recipe to use at holiday time or for any special meal. I tried DianaNC's suggestion to use the crock pot, but found 5-6 hrs is too long - the potatoes were starting to get too dried out. Maybe she used a 3 qt pot - I used a 5. Next time I'll decrease the time. Excellent!"

meli_chan User ID: 5724140 61924
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Super, Super, Super! My family loved these mashed potatoes to eat, and I loved making them ahead of time, and reheating in the microwave. Will definitely be making this again!"

DianaNC User ID: 32096 81636
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I have made these for years and they are wonderful. I have made them up to 5 days ahead and they stay fresh. Put in crockpot on low 5 to 6 hrs with a pat of butter on top the morning of the feast."

lmgarner User ID: 4583154 98562
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"My husband and I took these to our first Thanksgiving at my in-laws this year. Everyone asked for the recipe and thought they were fantastic!"

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