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Make-Ahead Potatoes

There's no need to slave away making mashed potatoes at the last minute, not when this creamy, comforting potato side dish is so handy to prepare well in advance. Plus, it's an easy dish for people to serve themselves and it looks so appealing on a buffet. -Margaret Twitched, Danbury, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 10 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • Paprika


  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven or large kettle; cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain potatoes and place in a bowl; mash. Add sour cream, cream cheese, 4 tablespoons butter, onion and salt; stir until smooth and the cream cheese and butter are melted. Spread in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Melt the remaining butter; drizzle over the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Refrigerate or bake immediately, covered, at 350° for 40 minutes; uncover and bake 20 minutes longer. If potatoes are made ahead and refrigerated, let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 262 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • momtotomandmike
    Nov 21, 2018

    This is requested for many family niece that wouldn't eat mashed potatoes, eats these. Creamy with great flavor. I never have leftovers.

  • gunslinger
    Dec 5, 2014

    Delicious flavor, wonderful with gravy!

  • zookeeperk
    Apr 21, 2014

    This recipe finds it's way to my table time after time!!

  • GoVikes28
    Apr 1, 2014

    My family loves these potatoes! I make them often for holidays and it is so great to make them the night before and just heat the next day!

  • nandarcook
    Nov 15, 2012

    These potatoes are awesome. My family and I love them. I like that you can make them the day before and just heat in oven.

  • JessT2003
    Jun 28, 2011

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  • budgick
    Apr 23, 2011

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  • marciaoakley
    Nov 24, 2010

    I've been making these delicious mashed potatoes for years. Not only are they yummy, but you are not mashing potatoes while your guests wait.

  • scrapo
    Nov 17, 2010

    Super Good! Surprised how creamy they stayed being made ahead and put in the fridge. Omited the onion (due to family members not liking onion) and used garlic salt instead of regular table salt.

  • kimfickes
    Mar 29, 2010

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