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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


  • 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


  • 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!



  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!


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