Want to know how to make delicious, decadent, and creamy make-ahead mashed potatoes in 15 minutes? Check out this post for my yummy recipe and step by step directions to make everyone’s favorite side dish!
It’s day 10 of my 24 day Christmas Holiday recipe marathon. This delicious, creamy make-ahead mashed potatoes and crowd-pleasing side dish is perfect for your holiday entertaining. It’s definitely not a diet food, and not something that you would serve every day, not that I wouldn’t love to have it every day. In fact, unfortunately, I’ve never met a mashed potato dish that I didn’t love. But for special occasions, it’s perfect! I have never served it that someone didn’t ask for the recipe.
I know you are wondering what make’s this tasty make-ahead recipe different from all the rest. Well, it has two secret ingredients that make it super simple and quick to make. The 1st secret ingredient is frozen mashed potatoes. That’s right, no peeling or cutting up of potatoes. Just pop the package in the microwave and mash! It couldn’t get any easier. I do have to mention that around the holidays, it sells out quickly at the grocery store. So, if your store does have them, my suggestion is to buy several packages and keep in the freezer until you need them. The second secret ingredient is cream cheese. The addition of the cream cheese allows you to make this dish up to 3 days ahead of when you want to serve it.
The ingredients for this creamy make-ahead mashed potatoes dish includes frozen Ore-Ida Steam N’ Mash Cut Russet Potatoes, milk, half and half, or if you really want to be bad, heavy cream, sour cream, cream cheese, salt and pepper, and butter. You can also sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on the top too if you like.
To make, simply follow the directions on the package of frozen potatoes and pop in the microwave for 10 minutes. In the meantime, add milk, half and half or heavy cream to a medium size casserole dish. Also, add your sour cream, cubed cream cheese, cubed butter and salt and pepper to the dish.
After your potatoes have cooked, allow them to stand without opening the package for a few minutes and then pour the contents of the package into your dish. Using a potato masher, mash until the potatoes have reached your desired consistency. If your potatoes are too stiff, you may need to add a little more milk.
At this point, they are ready to serve. However, if you are making these mashed potatoes ahead, simply cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 3 days.
Take out of the refrigerator about an hour before you are ready to bake to allow them to come to room temperature. When you are ready to serve them, bake in a 350-degree oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until they are thoroughly heated.