Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes With Cream Cheese


Cream cheese makes these mashed potatoes extra luxurious.

10 servings

This easy mashed potatoes recipe uses cream cheese and a container of sour cream to add flavor and create an extra creamy texture. You'll want to make sure that you don't overbeat the potatoes so they will stay smooth and fluffy.

We also love that they can be made up to two days ahead and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake, making them the perfect side dish for holiday entertaining or church potlucks. They're also great to prepare ahead on the weekends so on busy weeknights all you have to do is pop them in the oven. Just take them out of the refrigerator and let them stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking as directed. If you have it on have it on hand, you can garnish with fresh parsley or paprika if desired.

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  • 5 lbs. baking potatoes

  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 tsp. onion salt

  • Paprika or chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch cubes.

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    Cook in a medium saucepan in boiling water to cover 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain and place into a large mixing bowl.

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  2. Add cream cheese and next 4 ingredients; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy (do not overbeat).

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    Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch or 3-quart baking dish.

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  3. Bake, covered, at 325°F for 50 minutes or until thoroughly heated; garnish, if desired.

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Unbaked mashed potatoes may be chilled up to 2 days. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, and bake as directed.

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