Kittencal's Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

"Preparing this ahead will save you tons of time in the kitchen, you may make them up to 3 days in advance, use only russet potatoes for this reds will not work the same, you may also add in 1/2 cup half and half cream or milk if desired, also the cheddar cheese is only optional if I am serving it to guests at my holiday table I most always omit and sprinkle a light dusting of paprika on top, or you may add it into the potato mixture if desired, and if you are serving a large crowd you may want to double and bake and serve in two pans ---------- don't wait to make this for the holidays, these are that good I think you will find yourself making them all the time!"
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  • 8 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered (use only russet potatoes or use 10 medium)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened (can use 8 ounces)
  • 13 cup sour cream (can use a little more)
  • 12 cup butter (cut into cubes, can use more if desired)
  • 1 12 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • fresh ground pepper (optional and to taste)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (to taste) (optional)


  • Butter a 13 x 9-inch casserole dish.
  • Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon white vinegar until just fork-tender (do not cook the potatoes until very soft just until a fork goes easily into the potatoes all the way)drain and place in a large bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer beat the hot potatoes until just semi smooth and still a little chunky (I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer for this).
  • Add in cream cheese, sour cream, butter, onion powder, salt and black pepper; mix until combined and smooth.
  • Spread the mixture into prepared baking dish.
  • If desired you may sprinkle the top lightly with paprika, then allow to come down to room temperature.
  • Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to bake set oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes or until hot.
  • If desired sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top and return to oven to melt (about 3 minutes).

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  1. bzsoccermom
    Really fantastic! I made it the day before and doubled it, so it had to cook a little longer. Very easy, and came out much better than any make ahead mashed potato recipe I've tried. Thanks for helping make Christmas Day dinner easier! Made again this year. Only put it in the crockpot on low for 2 hours and then reduced to warm. Did not do the paprika or cheese. Doubled the recipe, which should have been more than enough. People could not stop eating them! LOVE this recipe!
  2. Miss KK
    I made these yesterday for Thanksgiving. They were absolutely delicious, incredibly creamy and very rich. I made them exactly as instructed, mashed them smooth with my immersion blender and then put them in the crockpot on low for 3 hours before dinner. Right before we ate I gave them another quick blend and a splash of milk and transferred them to a serving bowl. Delicious!
  3. debhaag
    Kit's recipe and a few garlic cloves were perfet! Thanks!
  4. mommyoffour
    What a great way for fix potatoes! I used the yesterday on our early Thankgiving meal with my son whos home from the service for a break. I loved the idea of preparing early in the morning and just popping them in the oven before serving.....FABULOUS!!! I am going to use these for our Christmas dinner when I have the whole gang here! Thank you so much for sharing.
  5. Annika's Granny
    I have been using this recipe since you first posted I believe! At least 10 years..mods have been made over the years due to allergies etc But we're back to the original with the only exception of using a ricer for the potatoes instead of smash and beat. They are perfect leaving a perfect texture as the kids say, "that let's you know its real potato!" I have shared this with sooooo many people. It takes the stress out of any group dining experience. During covid, I actually divided it into 2 8x8's and froze one for later. works out great! Kittencal you are awesome!!!


  1. senseicheryl
    Well, here's the scoop from Thanksgiving Dinner. My daughter, home from college for a few days, specifically requested Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes. Anyway, I found 2 of Kittencal's recipes that sounded yummy (Recipe #191490 & Recipe #201865) and I kind of mixed the 2 together. Basically I used the Recipe #191490 but made the following changes inspired by Recipe #201865 and it turned out A+++! I used the following: 1 49 oz. can Fat Free Chicken Broth instead of water to cook the potatoes, 10 Yukon Gold Potatoes instead of 8 large Russet Potatoes, 8 oz. fat free cream cheese, approx. 1/3 cup sour cream (perhaps a little more), I did not have onion powder so I left this out and I didn't use the shredded cheddar cheese. Anyway, the family absolutely RAVED about them! Thanks so much Kittencal for making my daughter mashed potatoes what she really wanted!
  2. Candy C
    I may never make mashed potatoes the traditional way again! These are totally delicious and easy. I halved the recipe, used garlic powder instead of onion, and added some milk for a creamier consistency. I have enjoyed the leftovers - they microwave beautifully. Keeper+++!



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