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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes shown in white serving bowl with melting tabs of butter and fresh chopped Italian Parsley garnish.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes


These Delicious and Creamy Mashed Potatoes are a tasty side dish everyone will love. Prep in 30 min, ready in an hour. So Delish.


  • 3 Pounds Russet or Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 5 Quarts Cold Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Salted Butter (1 Stick) + 3 Tablespoons to top
  • 4 Ounces Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper


  1. Peel and Dice Potatoes.  Dice into equally sized 1/2 inch pieces and put them into 5 quarts of cold water.
  2. Boil Potatoes.  Boil until fork tender.
  3. Drain Potatoes.  Drain into a colander and put them back into the empty pot.
  4. Add Butter and Sour Cream.  Add Butter and Sour Cream.  
  5. Mash and Adjust Seasonings.  Mash until they are smooth and creamy.  Do a taste test and then adjust seasonings.  Do not add salt without tasting first.  They will have absorbed enough salt from the water during the cooking process and no more salt will need to be added.  Add fresh ground pepper to taste.
  6. Top with Butter and Serve.  Transfer to a serving dish and top with 3 Tablespoons of Butter.  Serve immediately.


Mashed Potato Toppers:
Bacon Bits, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Diced Green Onion, Chives, or Chili - Try our tasty Ground Bison Chili Recipe.

Reheating Instructions:  Set finished recipe to the side, covered with aluminum foil and reheated in the microwave, if necessary.  They can also be refrigerated for 2-4 days, taken out and set on the counter for an hour and brought up to room temperature, then and reheated in microwave or in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes or until the potatoes reach 140°F, as measured with a fast and accurate thermometer like this Thermapen® ONE.

  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe, Mashed Potatoes Recipe With Sour Cream

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