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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes - fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes that can be made up to three days ahead and heated before serving to save time.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 409 kcal


  • 5 pounds russet potatoes peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 12 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 sticks
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup of half and half heated


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and fill with water.
  2. Bring potatoes to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Once potatoes are tender, drain really well in a colander.
  4. Return potatoes to pot.
  5. Cube one stick of butter and add to hot potatoes.
  6. Sprinkle in salt and pepper and begin mashing using a hand masher.
  7. Mash until smooth.
  8. Add softened cream cheese and mash until combined.
  9. Stir in hot half and half.
  10. Transfer potatoes to a baking dish.
  11. Slice remaining butter into six slices and lay on top of mashed potatoes.
  12. Cover and bake potatoes at 350 for 35-45 minutes until heated through. For a golden brown top, leave potatoes uncovered.

  13. Sprinkle with finely diced chives.
Nutrition Facts
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 679mg30%
Potassium 1013mg29%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 810IU16%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.