Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

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!


  • 2 lbs potatoes (approximately 6 medium potatoes)
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper


Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, peel and cut the potatoes into chunks (about 1 inch).
  3. Add the potato chunks to the water, turn down the heat to medium and boil until soft. This takes about 20 minutes or so depending on the potatoes.
  4. You can check if the potatoes are done by poking them with a fork…the fork will go easily into the potato when they’re done.
  5. Drain all water.
  6. Return the potatoes to the pot and let them sit for a few minutes. Drain again.
  7. Now mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
  8. Because you are making these ahead of time, at this point put the mashed potatoes into an air tight container in the fridge.

Cream and Butter:

  1. When you’re ready to serve the mashed potatoes it’s time to make the cream/butter mixture.
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter.
  3. Then stir in the cream and let simmer for about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat.

Putting it all together:

  1. Add the mashed potatoes to a large saucepan over low/medium heat. (note, first drain any excess water that might have accumulated while sitting in the fridge)
  2. Pour the hot cream/butter mixture over the potatoes.
  3. Season with the salt and pepper.
  4. Stir until the cream/butter is mixed in and the potatoes are creamy and hot.
  5. Serve immediately.

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