Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes with herbs and butter on top 3 in a foil pan
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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Creamy, delicious make-ahead mashed potatoes that taste as fresh as the day you made them. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: make ahead mashed potatoes
Servings: 6
Calories: 664kcal
Author: Karrie


  • 12 potatoes, large peeled and cubed, preferred yukon golds
  • 1 cup butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk little more or less depending on texture preference
  • salt and pepper to taste

Loaded Mashed Potatoes (add after they thaw)

  • reduce above butter to 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 tbsp chives dried or fresh
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  • In a large pot, bring your peeled and cubed potatoes to a full boil. Reduce heat to medium high and continue to boil until the largest pieces of potato are very tender and almost fall apart when stabbed.
  • Drain the water, leaving about 4 Tbsp. of it in with the potatoes.
  • Add the butter to the potatoes and cover with a lid and let rest for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the lid. With a hand masher, throughly mash your potatoes, getting as many big lumps as possible. If you have one, you can use a potato ricer instead.
  • Once mashed (or riced), add milk, salt and pepper and continue to mash until all the lumps are out. Once you have it mashed to your preferred texture (remember these are mashed, not whipped), bag it and freeze.


To Cook: Thaw completely, pour into oven safe dish, cover, and heat in oven at 375˚ for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. OR: Pour into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 3 minute intervals, stirring between, until heated through, about 10-15 minutes.
For Loaded Potatoes: Thaw completely, pour into oven safe dish and throughly stir in cheeses, sour cream, chives, garlic powder and onion powder. Cover and bake at 375˚ for 25 minutes, or until heated through. **I DO NOT RECOMMEND MICROWAVING LOADED POTATOES**


Serving: 398g | Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 1513mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 39.2mg | Calcium: 488mg | Iron: 11.4mg