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Cheesy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 10 servings

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These Cheesy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes are so creamy and perfect for the holidays! No more rushing around before Christmas dinner — simply reheat and serve! Includes step by step recipe video.


baking dish of cheesy make ahead mashed potatoes with a scoop missing

Friends! How is it that we are just days away from Christmas??

Every year it seems to come more and more quickly. I think the chaos of having young kids and all their busyness, plus this year we have a kid in school, it seems to make life move at warp speed, especially around the holidays.

With a 5-year-old and an almost-3-year-old and a newborn this year, we are definitely looking for ways to make our life a little easier this time of year. These make ahead mashed potatoes are perfect for minimizing holiday dinner stress!

And you can make them whenever you can carve out 20 minutes to yourself — i.e., whenever those crazy kids will allow it. Because we all know newborns have a sixth sense for knowing just when you need your hands free and needing a little extra love right at that moment 😉

white baking dish with make ahead mashed potatoes and bag of little potatoes in the background

One thing that makes these mashed potatoes even easier is these Little Charmers from The Little Potato Company. The skin is so thin and the texture is so creamy, you don’t need to peel or chop or anything before boiling and mashing. They are one of my favorite time-saving hacks in the kitchen! (Even though I gave up on peeling potatoes long, long ago!)

I would love to hear about the ways you make life easier this time of year! Dinner prep tips or ways to manage time when there’s just not enough? I’m going to be needing allllll the advice this year 😉

grey plate with cheesy make ahead mashed potatoes topped with green onions

Tips and Tricks for Making these Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes:

  • I know a lot of people would use sour cream in mashed potatoes instead of cream cheese. I actually am not a fan of sour cream, but feel free to swap it out if you prefer!
  • If you want to experiment even more, feel free to change up your cheeses and herbs for a totally unique combination!

*This post is generously sponsored by The Little Potato Company as part of my ambassadorship — thank you for supporting the brands that keep us fed!

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Cheesy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These Cheesy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes are so creamy and perfect for the holidays! No more rushing around before Christmas dinner — simply reheat and serve! Includes step by step recipe video.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Servings 10 servings
Calories 285cal


  • 3 lbs russet potatoes (peeled and cut into 1-1.5" pieces)
  • 1-1¼ cup half and half or light cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • 2 cups shredded cheese divided, any kind


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water (ensure that the potatoes are just covered), cook potatoes until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  • Add 1 cup cream, sour cream, butter, salt, garlic powder, dried parsley, and pepper and mash until smooth, adding a little more cream if necessary to ensure they are smooth. Stir in chives and 1 cup cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Lightly grease a 9×13" baking dish and spread potatoes in the pan. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese and cover in foil. Refrigerate up to 24 hours, until ready to bake, or bake immediately.
  • OPTIONAL: brush with melted butter before baking for a golden, slightly crisp topping
  • To bake: preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes or until hot. Uncover and broil if desired. Garnish with chives if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 285cal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 546IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 1mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. vanessap says

    is there anyone who actually made this and has a review aside from the prize? i had trouble finding yellow potatoes, but finally did, and also bought backup potatoes too.

  2. Jerrie Chambers says

    We eat potatoes daily!! From fried in the a.m. baked in the afternoon and mashed by night. I also like to take and after fully cooked through in a blender make a mush so in every bottle of milk my 1 1/2 year gets (or sippy) I add 2 til spoons full… So filling and giving him strength. A preemie that wasn’t looking to survive is now off those charts and 90% of a norm full term baby in his age!! Good eating gave him life!!

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