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Make-Ahead Potatoes

Rated as 4.59 out of 5 Stars

"There's no need to slave away making mashed potatoes at the last minute, not when this creamy, comforting potato side dish is so handy to prepare well in advance. Plus, it's an easy dish for people to serve themselves and it looks so appealing on a buffet. -Margaret Twitched, Danbury, Iowa"
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1 h 45 m servings
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven or large kettle; cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Drain potatoes and place in a bowl; mash. Add sour cream, cream cheese, 4 tablespoons butter, onion and salt; stir until smooth and the cream cheese and butter are melted. Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.
  3. Melt the remaining butter; drizzle over the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Refrigerate or bake immediately, covered, at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes; uncover and bake 20 minutes longer. If potatoes are made ahead and refrigerated, let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.


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I have used this recipe for YEARS. I found it in a Taste of Home recipe book. I decided to look for it here and this is exactly the same recipe by the same cook. It is fantastic and makes a ton....

Might just be the best mashed potatoes that passed my lips. I just put them together, and I can't stop eating them. I hope I have some left to bake tomorrow night!! I did adjust a little bit to...

Everyone in my house loved these potatoes. Even my hubby, who hates mashed potatoes (I know, isn't that odd??) I am making these again very soon!

This is a favorite recipe when company is coming! Everyone loves it and you can make it the day before, so it's great for entertaining.

this recipe was absolutely delicious and so convenient.

I LOST COMPUTER POWER AND HAD TO PUNT: AFTER THE FACT..... used onion salt (rarther than dried onion) 8 tlb butter, sprinkle of garlic powder, and did NOT bake covered 40 MIN!!! I Baked unco...

This recipe is fantastic! I made this for Christmas dinner and everybody raved over it. Even my nephew, who is a professional chef, said they were awesome and went back for seconds and thirds!

YEA! I love love love this new time-saving recipe! The potatoes were fabulous as left-overs as well. Everyone in my family agreed it was SO NICE to no have to worry about keeping the mashed p...

Everyone loved them. Made exactly according to recipe except sprinkled Mrs. Dash Table Blend on top instead of paprika. Made the day before for Thanksgiving. Very convenient.