These Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes are smooth, rich and creamy! I love making potatoes ahead of time so the holidays aren’t so rushed the day of! They are made with cream cheese which makes these potatoes amazing! Grab this recipe for a hectic free holiday dinner.
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Making side-dishes ahead of time is a smart way to help free up your time on the holidays and lessen the stress of making a big meal! That why I love my Crock Pot Make Ahead Turkey and Seven Layer Salad! They both lead to as stress-free of a holiday that you can get if you are hosting.
Make-ahead mashed potatoes are a staple for our holiday get-togethers and I recommend it becomes yours too! The fact that you can make mashed potatoes ahead and then just stick it in the oven that day is a wonderful benefit. I mean honestly as much as we like to have it together sometimes the day of the holiday gets a bit hectic!
Grocery list for Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese
- Red potatoes
- Cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Onion salt, salt, pepper
Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese
This recipe is another “mom” original so I’m once again saying you can’t go wrong! Family recipes tried and true are always the best!
In fact we were just planning Thanksgiving and someone asked what everyone wanted to bring to dinner. I started laughing and said well I can tell you that my Aunt with bring the stuffing, my cousin will bring the seven layer salad and Mom will bring these mashed potatoes!
We always bring the same things every year and I think some of us would have a fit if we veered off from traditional.
I always make the turkey and bring my super, ridiculously easy gravy of course to top these mashed potatoes with. It’s not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes and gravy!
You have to have the staples when you’re serving big family meals! Other great side dishes some that come to mind are Corn Pudding Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and Crock Pot Bacon Green Beans. All so terrific!
Why am I using red potatoes in this recipe?
Red potatoes make a super creamy mash! The cream cheese gives them an especially tangy bite, yum!! The few additions that you add in to these make ahead mashed potatoes make them so flavorful an delicious.
Steps to Making Mashed Potatoes ahead of Time
- Prepare the potatoes, clean, peel and dice.
- Cook in a large pot until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain well. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until fluffy. Add milk as needed.
- Allow to cool, cover with foil and refrigerate.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
If you have leftover mashed potatoes I recommend making a delicious batch of Turkey Meatballs and serve them over the leftover potatoes!
Of course, I rarely have leftover, but just in case you do!
More easy holiday side-dishes!
- Roasted Carrots with Dill
- The BEST Crockpot Green Bean Casserole
- Easy Creamed Pea Recipe
- The BEST Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- Smashed Potatoes
Are you hosting the big meal or you traveling to spend time with family and friends? Comment below and tell me what your plans are!
P.S. I know you’ll love these mashed potatoes! So easy and delicious!
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 5 lbs red potatoes 13 medium
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 c. sour cream
- 2 tsp onion salt
- 1 tsp salt if desired
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 c. milk optional
- Wash, peel and dice potatoes.
- Cook potatoes in large pot for approximately 40 minutes. Or until they are fully cooked and soft. Drain off water. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until fluffy. Add milk if needed.
- Cover and refrigerate.
- When ready to use preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes.