Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes can be served right away or made up to two days in advance, making your Thanksgiving or any other meal as easy as can be!

Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes in a pot on a white tablecloth
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 ½ pounds medium Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • ¾ cup reduced-fat milk, warmed

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until very tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain. Quarter the cooked potatoes and, in batches, pass them through a ricer or food mill into a large microwaveable bowl. Stir in butter, milk, salt and pepper.

  2. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply poke a few holes into the plastic wrap and microwave until the potatoes are warmed through.


To make ahead: Prepare potatoes (Step 1); cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

163 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2/3 cup
Calories 163
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 7%
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Vitamin A 221IU 4%
Sodium 253mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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