Published Apr 27th
Prep 30m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 1h
Servings 12 servings Calories 270.9

This is an easy make-ahead mashed potato recipe. Enriched with sour cream and cream cheese, these stay creamy and moist. Just heat in oven when you’re ready for some delicious mashed potatoes! Feel free to vary the amount of paprika you want to sprinkle on top.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon freeze-dried chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ⅓ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup butter

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and generously salt water. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well. Mash potatoes together with cream cheese, sour cream, chives, salt, and pepper. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Place in a storage container with the lid off and chill in refrigerator. When potatoes are cold, cover tightly with a lid.
  2. 2 When ready to reheat potatoes, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking dish and spoon desired amount of potatoes into dish. Sprinkle with paprika and dot with butter. Bake for 30 minutes, or until heated through. Use within 10 days.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 270.9
  • Carbohydrate 35.3 g
  • Cholesterol 34.2 mg
  • Fat 13 g
  • Fiber 3.4 g
  • Protein 4.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 8.1 g
  • Sodium 489.7 mg
  • Sugar 1.5 g


  1. Making these potatoes was a gift I gave myself. For more years than I care to reveal I have been out in the kitchen at the last minute mashing potatoes. This time I took a chance and made these. Boy was I glad I did. They taste delicious creamy and smooth. Only one person at - Read more ...
  2. I have been making this recipe for 2 years and its always perfect. The only thing I change is that I use 1/4 cup chives and some garlic powder. I also cook potatoes in chicken broth which gives it a little more flavor. Thanks for a great helper at Thanksgiving!
  3. This worked beautifully even tho I only used half of the cream cheese. It was so nice to make this dish in the morning and just pop it into the oven in the evening. Thanks Carter!
  4. This is a great recipe! To make it better I use 8oz of cream cheese, and approx 1/3 cup of chopped onion in place of the chives. Sprinkle a little garlic and onion powder and it tastes great! Also, it says to cook for 30 minutes, however, after being refrigerated, it almost always takes 45-1 - Read more ...
  5. This is a fantastic dish. It is now a permanent staple at holiday meals for us. The only problem we have had with this recipe is that it has killed three mixers but that is because we have to fix a large batch because we have a large family. Don't let that stop you from - Read more ...
  6. My hubby didn't mind these but my daughter and I didn't really like the taste. I would cut the sour cream and cream cheese in half. It overpowered the potatoes too much. I also needed some milk when mixing these. They did heat up nice though which is a plus.
  7. These couldn't be simpler! I made them for Thanksgiving and feared that my college son might not like them - he is our mashed potato king! He loved them. I was so happy to be able to make a side dish ahead of time. I made them again tonight so they will be ready for - Read more ...
  8. I have been making this recipe for years and it is absolutely delicious. I use 8 oz. of cream cheese and 1/4 c. chives. I also add about 1/8 tsp of garlic powder which gives it a little more flavor. Be prepared to share this recipe because everyone will ask for it. I use this - Read more ...
  9. These potatoes were AWESOME! I made a few adjustments. They are as follows. I used more fresh chives added 1 clove of garic and baked them with cheddar cheese in the middle and on top. Put 1/2 the potatoes in the dish then add a THIN layer of cheese. Repeat with remaining potatoes and cheese. - Read more ...
  10. Terrific consistency and taste but the best part is being able to make ahead. Never liked to serve mashed potatoes for company dinner due to the last minute preparation. Got rave reviews and will definitely do again.