I love hosting dinners for my family and friends. What I don’t enjoy is that while I do have an open concept kitchen that I still tend to be distracted and pulled away from enjoying their company while preparing the feast.
For this reason, I often aim to make a lot of the side dishes in the day or morning prior to the get together. By doing this, it allows me to enjoy spending time with our company and less time fussing over getting dinner prepared in the kitchen.
One of the dishes I often will prepare ahead of time is Mashed Potatoes. Mashed Potatoes are one of those comforting side dishes that many people love. Heck, if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be a huge bowl of mashed potatoes. I kid, you not. Of course, that may be the pregnancy speaking.
If you are hosting a huge dinner and want to prepare some of your dishes ahead of time, I encourage you to try out this Make Ahead Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe. Even if you don’t make it ahead of time and enjoy it once freshly prepared, you won’t be disappointed. Trust me!
Make Ahead Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3/4 cup light sour cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 (250g) tub of herb and garlic cream cheese
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter or margarine
- 2 tsp Club House Garlic Plus
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Place potatoes in a large pot of water. Bring water to a slow boil, cook until potatoes are tender enough to break apart with a fork. Drain water.
- Add potatoes to a slow cooker with butter, sour cream, milk, cream cheese and spices. Mash potatoes with a masher. Once potatoes are mashed, use a hand mixer to whip potatoes.
- Set crock pot to warm, and leave for up to 6 to 7 hours before serving. Before serving you may want to add a bit more milk or butter, but that is at your own discretion.
* This recipe can also be prepared and enjoyed once freshly made. I only use this approach when I am hosting a big family dinner and wanted to avoid a ton of fuss in the kitchen when I could be enjoying the company of my family.
This side dish would pair well with this Cheddar Broccoli Salad.