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!
- Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- 2 lbs potatoes (approximately 6 medium potatoes)
- 3/4 cup cream
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/8 tsp salt
- fresh ground pepper
- Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil.
- While the water is coming to a boil, peel and cut the potatoes into chunks (about 1 inch).
- 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.
- 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.
- Drain all water.
- Return the potatoes to the pot and let them sit for a few minutes. Drain again.
- Now mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
- 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:
- When you’re ready to serve the mashed potatoes it’s time to make the cream/butter mixture.
- In a small saucepan melt the butter.
- Then stir in the cream and let simmer for about 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
Putting it all together:
- 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)
- Pour the hot cream/butter mixture over the potatoes.
- Season with the salt and pepper.
- Stir until the cream/butter is mixed in and the potatoes are creamy and hot.
- Serve immediately.
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