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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes topped with a slice of butter and chopped chive on a plate

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes offers that rich traditional creamy taste of the holidays, along with the gift of extra time... Just when you need it most!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword How Do I Make Mashed Potatoes, How To Make Mashed Potatoes, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 370kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 5 Pounds Potatoes, Russets or Yukon Gold
  • 4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, Peel and Left Whole
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Package Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Container Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Half and Half
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Chives, Chopped


  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 2 Taablespoons Fresh Chives, Chopped


  • Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Peel potatoes then cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • In a large pot, cover the potatoes with 1 inch of water. Add the whole garlic cloves to potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes and garlic in a colander. Allow to sit in colander until all water is drained off and evaporated.
  • Add cream cheese and next 6 ingredients; using a hand-held electric mixer, beat at medium speed, until smooth and fluffy (do not over-beat).
  • Spoon potatoes into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake, covered, at 325° for 50 minutes or until thoroughly heated.


  • Pour 1/4 cup melted butter over top of potatoes and sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons of fresh chives. Serve.


Serving: 1/12 of the recipe | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 11.8mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 1.7mg