A Mountain Of Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

"Creamy mashed potatoes for 12 lucky people. Make ahead if desired, or bake right away. Whichever you choose, this recipe is sure to be a hit at your next potluck."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by I'mPat photo by I'mPat
photo by I'mPat photo by I'mPat
Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Place potatoes in large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain potatoes, place in large bowl, and mash with sour cream, cream cheese, onions, salt, and 4 tablespoons of butter, stirring until butter and cream cheese have melted.
  • Spread potatoes into greased 13 x 9 baking dish.
  • Melt remaining butter and drizzle over potatoes.
  • Sprinkle with paprika, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use (you can bake these right away, of course).
  • Refrigerated potatoes need to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, then remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. catie
    can you bake these in a crockpot (casserole style crockpot (9 x 13)


  1. Montana Heart Song
    Excellent!! These were delicious!! I used the leftovers for my High Rise Biscuit/Breadstick recipe which uses mashed potatoes . I wanted to see if the dried onion flakes effected them. It didn't. They were also delicious.I love the idea that you can make, refrigerate and then bake. I liked the consistency and didn't add any more milk as suggested by a reviewer because my family will load them up with gravy, butters anyway so the consistency was great! I would not change a thing!
  2. I'mPat
    A good easy side dish enjoyed by all. I scaled back for 3.5 and 3 of us devoured the lot - it was great to be able to make it up early in the day and bake later. Made for the DM's 85th birthday dinner, thank you TGirl,RN, made for Healthy Choices ABC.
  3. Jilly in Michigan
    Loved these potatoes! I made a few changes by accident. I threw all of the butter in at once because I was in a hurry and didn't realize that I was supposed to save some of it out and then I didn't have any onion flakes so I used dried minced onions. Turned out great! Thank you!
  4. Charmie777
    These were great!!! I accidentally used my sour cream for something else, so I left it out. These were fantastic anyway!!!! They heated up really quickly in my crockpot!
  5. DeeBee
    I made these potatoes two days in advance and refrigerated them. I did change things a bit because I was so worried that the potatoes wouldn't be creamy enough. I wasn't sure about using 10 large potatoes. I used 4.5 pounds of peeled potatoes. I used a mix of all purpose and russet. I added 3/4 cup of milk on top of the cream cheese and sour cream and increased the butter IN the dish to 8 Tablespoons... then added 4 Tablespoons ON TOP. I know.. I know.. SO much fat! But.. this is a dish that will be used for holidays and it's good to have the potatoes done ahead of time and have them be delicious. My family was surprised that they were so delicious. They're used to nice, fluffy, freshly mashed potatoes and were skeptical. This is my make ahead recipe from now on. Thanks for your help! Edited to say:.. I froze them in a loaf pan and defrosted (micro at 30% power).. I then heated in 350°F oven for 40 minutes covered with aluminum foil. Then took foil off and heated another 25 minutes and they were JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME! Yeah baby... !!


  1. Ruth F.
    Excellent! Very rich. I added finely chopped onions instead of the dried onion. I doubled the recipe for a big crowd.


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