Fluffy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes


delicious easy make-ahead mashed potatoes

My secret trick for hosting Thanksgiving successfully? Make the mashed potatoes early on Wednesday! Since we always have a large group of potato-lovers at our Thanksgiving celebration, peeling, cooking, and mashing potatoes (10+ pounds) is a time-consuming task.

With this casserole, getting the potatoes off the Thursday to-do list is not only possible, but it’s really delicious too. The cream cheese, sour cream, milk and butter keep the potatoes light and fluffy overnight. They add great flavor too.

I use yellow potatoes for my casserole, but any baking potato would also work well.

On Thursday I just pop them into the oven and heat them up in time for dinner. The trickiest part might be planning the oven time/space. We usually fry the turkey, so I have plenty of oven space at my house. 

The potatoes can be ready and hot when the rest of the meal is ready without any additional effort during Thanksgiving crunch time. Your focus can be on the turkey, gravy and other sides.

This has been a winning tradition for many years at our house and even many mashed-potato snobs have become big fans! Try it out and let us know how it goes.

This recipe can be made up to 1 full day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.


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