bowl of mashed potatoes
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bowl of mashed potatoes
bowl of mashed potatoes

Decadent Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

This make ahead mashed potato recipe saves a ton of time when trying to prepare multiple dishes to feed a crowd.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Sides
Cuisine General
Servings 12 Served
Calories 248 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 5 Lbs. Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 8 Oz. Cream cheese room temperature
  • 8 Tbsp. Butter one stick
  • 1 Cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ Cup Chopped chives
  • Milk optional


  • Put the prepared potatoes in a large pot of salted cold water and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are soft (about 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes). Check doneness by putting a knife tip into a potato. If it easily pierces the potato, they are done. If you get resistance, let them cook another minute or two.
  • Drain the potatoes and then add back to the pot. Mash them with a potato masher and slowly add some of the cream cheese, butter and sour cream or yogurt. Continue mashing until everything is incorporated. Season with the salt and pepper and add the chives. Mix thoroughly. Taste and add more seasoning if needed. If they are too thick, add a little milk to loosen the mixture. Put in a serving casserole dish.
  • Once cool, cover this dish and refrigerate until ready to reheat.
  • If you are leaving this in the refrigerator overnight, take it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Once at room temperature, check the consistency. If you need a little milk to loosen it up, add it now and stir throughout the potatoes.
  • Heat in a 350-degree oven, covered, for about 45 minutes until really hot. Serve family style with a sprinkle of cut chives on top!


Calories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 142mgPotassium: 825mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 258IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 2mg
Keyword side dish, sides, thanksgiving
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