Today I wanted to continue with our theme of prepping our freezers for Thanksgiving Day. This recipe for Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes has been a huge favorite of mine over the years. These make-ahead mashed potatoes create the creamiest potatoes that freeze beautifully and warm up easily in the slow cooker.
Walmart challenged me to come up with some strategies for party-planning that have helped me. My number one tip for holiday party and dinner preparation is to make as much ahead of time that you possibly can for your holiday feasts.
This mashed potato recipe is the perfect example of something that I used to stress about for the holidays and now I already have this dish sitting in my freezer for the big day. No need to take up space on your stove to reheat these, they heat beautifully in the slow cooker and can even be doubled for a big crowd.
Here are my dishes and recipes that I create in my kitchen now for holiday prep later. These are all dishes that you can freeze or create before your big day that will be a huge time-saver for your holiday parties and meals.
I talk a lot about this in my book, “The Good Life For Less.” In fact, I have an entire chapter devoted towards saving money and making the holidays easier on your family.
Prep These Dishes Ahead
Pie Crusts (freeze in disks)
Dinner Rolls & Cinnamon Rolls
Cornbread or Quick Breads
Cheese Balls & Dips
Mashed Potatoes (see recipe below)
Snack or Nut Mixes
With all of these dishes prepped in your freezer, party planning, & meal preparation just got a whole lot easier. It leaves your time free to focus on preparing your home and the main dish for your holiday meals.
Be sure to give these make-ahead mashed potatoes a spin for your holiday feasting. I guarantee that these potatoes will go fast, are stress-free, and a huge crowd-pleaser!
Holiday Mashed Potatoes for a Crowd
Author: Amy Clark
Recipe type: Side
- 5 pounds of potatoes
- 1 block (8 oz) of low-fat cream cheese, softened
- ¾ cup low fat sour cream
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup milk (or more if desired)
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- Paprika (optional)
- Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes. Throw the potatoes in a large pot filled with cold water.
- Cook for 25 minutes or until fork-tender.
- Drain the potatoes and put them back into the hot pot. Add cream cheese, butter, milk, and salt. Mash with a potato masher or use a hand mixer to whip the potatoes.
- Spoon mixture into a freezer-safe container and label.
- On Your Holiday Day: Put potatoes in the fridge 1-2 days before to allow them to completely thaw. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray and put potatoes in the slow cooker. Brush the top of the potatoes with a tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with paprika. Cook on low for two to four hours.
- Alternate cooking method- Bake the potatoes at 350 degrees for thirty to forty minutes or until completely hot.
What are some of your favorite make-ahead dishes for the holidays? Do you have any strategies for making holiday party planning easier?