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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 314cal


  • 3 lbs Little Potatoes I used Little Charmers Yellow Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1 package low fat cream cheese 8 oz
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water (ensure that the potatoes are just covered), cook potatoes until tender (no need to peel or chop!), about 12-15 minutes. Drain.
  • Add broth, milk, cream cheese, salt, garlic powder, dried parsley, and pepper and mash until smooth. Stir in chives and 1 cup cheese.
  • 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.
  • 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: 314cal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 602mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

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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!!

  3. Piroska says

    I absolutely love potatoes, and my favourite is hashbrowns. I don’t just eat them in the morning, either! They’re great at lunch, or supper.

  4. Margaret Greer says

    Oh I would use them in recipes that my mom made growing up.Boiled and buttered or cheese potatoes also roasted and fried . I love potatoes any way I can get them .I carried on my Mom’s family tradition .Potatoes are a meal all by themselves.

  5. Letitia stanbery says

    I would take them rub some pepper, pappy’s and rosemary on them. Then throw them on the BBQ. A tradition my dad has done for many summers.

  6. Michele Moore says

    I like to roast the potatoes in a 425 degrees F oven for about twenty minutes. I just sprinkle on salt, pepper, very finely chopped garlic, and lemon olive oil. When finished, I add either chopped up parsley or minced dill.

  7. Cindy Lee Claplanhoo says

    My Dad bought the potatoes-by accident. I made a beef stew using the potatoes. Just the perfect size-a tasty bite. Then we tried smashed potatoes and that was a perfect snack. Now I look for all the varieties and try it out.

  8. Shirley Marie Sewell says

    I would make some roasted smashed potatoes, loaded potato soup, potato salad, mashed potatoes and french fries.

  9. Kenia says

    We love potatoes. My twins love potato and egg tacos in the mornings. My oldest daughter loves mashed potatoes and gravy. I personally love baked potatoes. As you can see we make potatoes fairly often in our house.

  10. Theresa Bergen says

    I love using the little potatoes in soups! So many great choices out there! And to not have to peel them? Such a time saver! I love all your recipes and can always count on them to be delicious and fail proof!

  11. Terrissa Cody says

    I would definitely make Cheesy Potato Soup!!! YUM!!! But I love potatoes any way you use them in a recipe or baked in the oven and loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese and lots of bacon bits!!!

  12. Mary T. Morris says

    I love potatoes anytime, day or night, anyway I can get them! My favorite is mashed potatoes with butter and cheddar cheese!

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