This holiday make ahead mashed potatoes recipe is so rich and creamy. Plus you can make it several days ahead which is such a timesaver! Keep reading to learn how to make it.
I don ‘t know about you, but I like to do a lot of the holiday meal prep work ahead of time. That way I can enjoy the morning with my family instead of cooking. This make ahead mashed potato casserole recipe is a staple at holiday meals because I can do all the work several days in advance. Then all I have to do is pop it into the oven for a half an hour to warm. Easy Peasy!
This easy mashed potato casserole recipe is one of our family’s favorites. The sour cream and cream cheese adds a richness to the potatoes that will make it hard to stop with just one serving.
This recipe serves our 6 family members with leftovers. If you are having a large family gathering, you might want to double it.
Holiday Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe Ingredients
- 5 lbs potatoes
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 4 tbs butter
Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe Instructions
Peel and dice potatoes. Boil potatoes until tender (or to make it even easier, see my instructions below to make mashed potatoes in a pressure cooker). If you boil the potatoes, drain them well.
For smooth, lump-free potatoes, press your cooked potatoes through a potato ricer. I used to have a large capacity potato ricer, but it was too hard on my hands.
So I bought a smaller potato ricer, like the one shown above, that is much easier to use. I can’t run as much through at a time, but it doesn’t kill my wrists either!
Using an electric mixer, beat the riced potatoes with the cream cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Mix until well-combined and creamy. Spread into a 9×9 inch baking pan. If you aren’t making it immediately, cover and refrigerate it for up to 3 days.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dot the mashed potatoes with sliced butter and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 30 minutes.
Make Mashed Potatoes in a Pressure Cooker
I used to cook the potatoes for my make ahead mashed potato casserole recipe by boiling the potatoes, but the results were inconsistent. Depending on the variety of potato, they sometimes absorbed some of the cooking water and I ended up with watery mashed potatoes.
So I was so happy to discover how easy it is to make mashed potatoes in a pressure cooker. Since the potatoes are steamed instead of boiled, you never have to worry about water-logged potatoes again!
Using a pressure cooker to cook your potatoes is such a time saver for the easy mashed potato casserole recipe I shared above, both in terms of prep time and cooking time. You don’t have to dice the potatoes as small and the cooking time in a pressure cooker takes about half the time it does to boil the potatoes.
To make mashed potatoes in a pressure cooker, add 1 cup of water to the pressure cooker pan. In the bottom, place a metal steamer basket or a round stainless steel rack. (I have a small round metal cooling rack that fits perfectly in mine.) You just want something to keep the potatoes up out of the water.
Next peel your potatoes and wash them. Small potatoes can be put into the pressure cooker whole. I cut medium sized potatoes in half and cut large potatoes in quarters. Add the potatoes to the pressure cooker.
Put on your pressure cooker lid and set to the high pressure setting. Bring to pressure. With mine, I have a button that pops up and also it starts to whistle vigorously when it comes to full pressure. Cook for 5 minutes at pressure then remove from heat and allow the pressure to release naturally. After it is safe to open the pressure cooker, the potatoes will be perfectly cooked and you can proceed with the holiday make ahead mashed potatoes recipe I shared above.
This is the pressure cooker I have. I searched for a long time to find a pressure cooker without a non-stick coating. Fagor is the only brand I found that makes a stainless steel pressure cooker without a teflon coating inside. I’ve had mine for about 5 years now and it is still going strong. The only maintenance I had to do was replace the lid seal once.
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If you use this holiday make ahead mashed potatoes recipe for your Christmas dinner, you will have to come back and let me know how you liked it. I would love to hear from you! So tell me… what are your must-have recipes for holiday meals?