Cut your prep time for big holiday dinners with these Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes. A simple and delicious recipe that makes the most creamy mashed potatoes!
Make Ahead Means Less Stress
I know that mashed potatoes are the easiest thing to make. But I find making them annoying especially when I’m trying to pull together a big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. They’re just ONE MORE THING to do when you’re already busy (peeling, cutting, boiling). It’s just one more giant pot taking up room and making a boiling mess on the stove. So why not make what you can ahead of time, and put yourself ahead of the dinner game! All you have to do come serving time, is heat and stir in butter and cream.
Creamy, buttery, delicious.
The key to the best, most creamy make ahead mashed potatoes is the hot cream and butter mixture that gets poured in. SO SO good. This mixture gets added on the day, right at serving time. So instead of boiling and mashing, you’re just stirring. When you first pour this mix in you might feel like there’s too much, but keep mixing…the mashed potatoes will soak it all up and be so creamy.
This is a 2-step make ahead recipe.
The first step is to boil and mash the potatoes, then refrigerate them until serving time. Right before you want to serve them you will want to make the cream/butter mix. This hot mixture gets poured over, and stirred into, the pre-made mashed potatoes, freshening them up and making them hot and delicious!
- Potatoes: For creamy mashed potatoes use baking potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds. My favourite are Yukon Golds.
- Cream: Definitely use cream, not milk. Half & Half (10% cream) is my favourite. Sometimes I will use half heavy cream and half milk.
- Draining: Make sure to drain the potatoes well. Both after boiling, and once again after the potatoes have sat in the fridge (they may accumulate water while sitting).
- Mashing: To avoid the potatoes turning into a gluey mess, use a potato masher to mash them.
- Don’t want to make these ahead? That’s fine! Just proceed with the recipe, skipping the fridge portion.
- For more Make Ahead Thanksgiving (or Christmas) Dinner Tips, make sure to read my post full of tips here!
Recipes to go with your mashed potatoes:
- Homemade Gravy
- Roast Turkey
- Roast Chicken
- Slow Cooker Roast Beef and Gravy
- Beef Stroganoff Meatballs
- More Thanksgiving recipe ideas. And Christmas too!
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Have a delicious day!