Walmart recently asked me to create an Easter recipe using at least two options from a list of ingredients they provided. As soon as I saw that Daisy sour cream and Philadelphia cream cheese were included on the list, I knew that I wanted to share these delicious make ahead mashed potatoes with you all.
While it's not a very Easter-y recipe on the surface, along with our favorite creamed corn casserole, it's one of my favorite sides to make for family gatherings! Not only do these oven baked mashed potatoes have a creamy texture and rich flavor, you can do all of the prep work for them the night before and then refrigerate them until just before your guests arrive, giving you just a little extra time to devote to preparing the rest of your meal or setting a beautiful table.
This baked mashed potato recipe starts with regular boiled potatoes. I like to use a potato ricer for extra creamy potatoes after boiling, but if you don't have one, they will still be equally delicious.
Simply whip in the Daisy sour cream, Philadelphia cream cheese, butter, milk and other seasonings until the mixture is light and fluffy, and then spread the mixture in a greased baking dish. At this point you can cover the dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. Before your meal, you'll dot the top of the potatoes with a little more butter and bake uncovered for about 45 minutes.
Make ahead mashed potatoes are fantastic with or without gravy, making them a fabulous option for potlucks and cookouts, as well!
A great feature of this baked mashed potatoes recipe is that it doubles easily for large get togethers. You'll probably just need to adjust the cooking time and bake it a little longer so it's heated all the way through. I'll often pick up some of these EZ Foil aluminum pans for large batches -- they make cleanup a cinch!
What's your favorite go-to side for family gatherings?