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Make-ahead mashed potatoes served in a stoneware bowl with butter.
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Make it easy on yourself, and try this make-ahead mashed potatoes recipe! So fluffy & buttery, and they can be made up to 2 days ahead!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: can you make mashed potatoes ahead of time, how to make mashed potatoes, make ahead mashed potatoes, mashed potato recipe, mashed potatoes
Servings: 6
Calories: 161 kcal
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup milk (whatever kind you keep on hand)
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (buttermilk can be substituted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Fill a large pot with cold water and add about 3 1/2 tablespoons of salt.

  2. Add the potatoes (unpeeled) to the pot and place it over medium-high heat (covered) until it comes to a simmer.

  3. While the potatoes are cooking, warm the milk and cream in a small pot over low heat.

  4. Simmer the potatoes until very tender but not waterlogged or crumbly (approx. 30 to 40 minutes), drain, and return to the heated pot to dry.

  5. Pass the hot potatoes and softened butter through a ricer (alternating potatoes and butter so the butter melts over each layer of riced potato), removing the potato skins in the process (see video).

  6. Toss the riced potatoes together with the butter, allowing the fat to cover every particle of potato.

  7. Pour in the hot milk & cream mixture, add the sour cream, and season with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the pepper.

  8. Stir the mashed potatoes until all the liquid is incorporated.

  9. Mashed potatoes can be kept warm in a crockpot (if serving later the same day) OR refrigerated for up to 2 days. To reheat, place them in a large pot over medium-low heat, stirring constantly and adding additional milk/cream as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 2409mg105%
Potassium 349mg10%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 361IU7%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.