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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 177kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs Red Potatoes Idaho or Yukon gold work great, too.
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt for Boiling Water
  • 6 oz Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 8 oz Sour Cream lite or full fat are both fine
  • ½ Cup Milk can also use heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter Plus another 2-3 Tablespoons to garnish (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder

Instructions

  • Wash the potatoes, peel (optional) and cut into 1" cubes. Place the potatoes in a large pot, add 1 Tablespoon of salt, and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and boil potatoes for 20-30 minutes, or until they are fork-tender.
  • Drain the water, then add the potatoes back to the pot. Mash potatoes to your desired consistency using a hand masher or potato ricer, then add in your cream cheese, sour cream, milk, butter, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix until well combined.
  • Spread the mashed potato mixture into a 9 by 13" casserole dish and let the potatoes cool to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and foil and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • When you're ready to re-heat, preheat oven to 325 degrees. At the same time, remove the potatoes from the fridge to allow the baking dish to come to room temperature (at least 30 minutes).
  • Just before putting in the oven, remove the plastic wrap, cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees.
  • Once your mashed potatoes are warmed through, scoop into a large bowl, add a couple tablespoons of butter and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Notes

Tips:

  1. You can leave the peels on or take them off, whichever you prefer, just make sure to wash them
  2. Start with cold water covering your potatoes, then bring to a boil.  They will cook more evenly this way.
  3. Salting the water you boil your potatoes in seasons them as they cook.
  4. A hand potato masher will you give you a great rustic mashed potatoes texture.
  5. Cutting your potatoes smaller will make them cook faster!

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1298mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 618IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg