These Make-ahead mashed potatoes will make your Thanksgiving preparations a lot easier. Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be as crazy as you think.
We want to let you in on our secret? A lot prep work the day or two before so we can actually enjoy the morning at our Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl.
You can make these make-ahead mashed potatoes up to 24 hours beforehand, which will help save your sanity on Thanksgiving Day! One less thing to throw together can make a huge difference, especially when you’re in charge of the meal.
These potatoes are fluffy, creamy, and make the perfect addition to your holiday dinner.
If you are looking to relieve some of that last minute stress while preparing your holiday meal, you might like our Slow Cooker Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Prepare them ahead of time and let them stay warm in your slow cooker.
How to make the best make-ahead mashed potatoes
Place potatoes in a large stockpot and add enough water to cover potatoes. Bring water to a boil, cover with lid, and reduce heat to medium and let cook for about 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain and water.
If preferred, peel the potatoes (I usually just leave the peels on). Put the cooked potatoes in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher.
Mix in butter, cream cheese, sour cream, milk, and salt until completely combined.
Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop mashed potatoes into the prepared pan.
If desired, brush the top of the potatoes with additional melted butter, fresh parsley, and paprika.
If you are making these mashed potatoes for later, cover the potatoes and refrigerate (these are fine made up to 24 hours in advance).
When you are ready to bake these mashed potatoes, let the potatoes sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before putting them in the oven.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are heated all the way through.
Related Recipe: Be sure to try this holiday favorite side dish – Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole. So easy and delicious.
Secrets to the best make-ahead mashed potatoes
- Don’t over mix them. We prefer to mash potatoes with a potato masher (versus a hand mixer) so they don’t get over mixed. Over mixing leads to gummy, starchy potatoes, which is the last thing you want.
- Type of potatoes matter. Yukon golds usually make for a creamier, smoother mash.
- Additions can make them even creamier. These mashed potatoes have cream cheese, sour cream, and milk. Trust us, once you try it, you won’t go back.
- Use real butter. Real butter makes for the best-tasting, creamiest mashed potatoes. Substitutes just don’t hold up as well.
There’s always something to celebrate! This cookbook is the ultimate go-to guide for celebrating every holiday and creating memories with the people you love.
Celebrate every season with us! Our cookbook, Celebrate Every Season, is filled with 150+ recipes, traditions and fun ideas for each month of the year.
We hope you make priceless memories with your family as you celebrate every season with this cookbook!
Order your copy here → Six Sisters’ Stuff Celebrate Every Season
Other Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Homemade Cornbread Dressing
- Homemade Green Bean Casserole without Condensed Soup
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Vegetable Dill Dip
- Raspberry Cream Cheese Jell-O Salad
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ⅔ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup whole milk
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons butter optional topping
- ½ Tablespoons fresh parsley optional topping
- ½ teaspoon paprika optional topping
- Stock Pot
- 9 x 13 baking dish
MEAL PLANNING MADE EASY
We have hundreds of simple and delicious recipes, your family is going to love. Each recipe is tried and true, so we are confident you will love it.
Some of our best memories were made at the dinner table and that is something we wanted to help other families have time for.
Our simple weekly dinner meal plans take all the stress and guesswork out of
“What’s for dinner?” and turn it into a tradition of spending time with family.
Adjust your serving size to fit the needs of your family, and customize your plan with our library of 3000+ recipes. It’s time to start enjoying dinnertime!
Check out the Six Sisters’ Meal Plans on Prepear today!
Have you checked out our YouTube channel?