Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Crock Pot Style

Learn how to make easy make-ahead mashed potatoes in the crock pot and take the stress out of holiday meal prep. It’s a snap when you know the simple steps and ingredients. How many times have you witnessed the potatoes being mashed at the last minute before a holiday meal begins? It’s crazy, hot, sweaty work, and can easily be avoided. Can mashed potatoes be prepared in advance? Yes! The secret is knowing what to mix with them to keep them smooth and creamy. How do you reheat mashed potatoes and make them creamy? What’s the best way to reheat mashed potatoes? Get the amazing strategies right here with this easy make-ahead mashed potato recipe!

Breaking Away from the Last Minute Frenzy

When I married into my husband’s large family, I had no idea they were on the lookout for someone to be the designated mashed-potato maker for their gatherings. When they found out I love to eat mashed potatoes, my fate was sealed. I envisioned a future of sweaty, last-minute potato-mashing sessions in order to keep the side dish hot when the meal was served. I was secretly dismayed, but my dismay turned to joy when I found a recipe for make ahead mashed potatoes in The Oregonian newspaper. Over the years, I’ve tweaked the recipe to suit my needs and made it even more convenient. For those of you who can relate to the last-minute potato-mashing frenzy of holiday meals, help is on the way!

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Ingredients for Crockpot Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

With a little sour cream, cream cheese, and a few other ingredients, these easy make-ahead mashed potatoes can be yours. The flavor is outstanding, and the smooth creaminess can’t be beaten. When you put that container of make-ahead mashed potatoes in the refrigerator, you will feel as if you have really accomplished something. It’s a good feeling to know that you have taken care of at least one part of your meal ahead of time. Here are the simple ingredients.

5 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered ( I often use the red potatoes and skip the peeling!)

6 ounces light cream cheese

1 cup light sour cream

2 teaspoons onion powder (I use garlic powder instead.)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 egg whites, slightly beaten

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Directions for Crockpot Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

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Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash using your favorite added ingredients. Some people add milk, some add chicken stock. I like to reserve the potato water and put in  powdered, fat-free milk. When there are no remaining lumps, add cream cheese, sour cream, onion powder or garlic powder, salt, pepper and egg whites. Blend well.

Grease a 6-quart crock pot or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add potato mixture. Dot with butter or margarine. Cool slightly, cover and refrigerate up to 7 days.

Take the potatoes out of the refrigerator about 3 1/2 hours before you plan to serve them. Cook on low heat for 3 hours, stirring once or twice.

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Crockpot Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Learn how to make this fabulous make-ahead mashed potato recipe and take the stress out of holiday meal prep.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Reheating Time in Crockpot 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 214 kcal

Equipment

  • 6-quart crock pot

Ingredients
  

  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 6 ounces light cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder or onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Instructions
 

  • Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain and mash using your favorite added ingredients. Some people add milk, some add chicken stock. I like to reserve the potato water and put in  powdered, fat-free milk.
  • When there are no remaining lumps, add cream cheese, sour cream, onion powder or garlic powder, salt, pepper and egg whites. Blend well.
  • Grease a 6-quart crockpot or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add potato mixture. Dot with butter or margarine. Cool slightly, cover and refrigerate up to 7 days.
  • Take the potatoes out of the refrigerator about 3 1/2 hours before you plan to serve them. Cook on low heat for 3 hours, stirring once or twice.
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Common Questions About Crockpot Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

How long does it take to reheat mashed potatoes in a slow cooker?

It takes about 3 hours on low. Sometimes you have to turn the heat down to warm so the edges don’t get too cooked. Stirring once or twice can help with this.

Can you put mashed potatoes in a crockpot to keep them warm?

If you try to keep regular mashed potatoes warm in a crockpot, they might not be smooth and creamy. With this easy crockpot mashed potatoes recipe, even after heating for 3 hours, they can be kept warm and held for an additional 30 minutes or more. How do restaurants keep mashed potatoes warm? One of the most widely-used ways is by using a crock pot!

Additional Tips For Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Can You Make These Crock Pot Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Without a Crock Pot?

You certainly can! If you do not have a crock pot. you could put the potatoes in a greased 9-by-13-inch casserole and take them out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, covered, for 40 minutes or until steaming hot in the center.

I prefer the crock pot method because when a holiday meal is being prepared, the oven is often already in use. Also, please don’t be put off by the fact that you have to separate eggs for this recipe. I have a handy little egg separator I use for this task, and it works like a charm.

Crockpot Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Variations

Looking for ways to give your crockpot make-ahead mashed potatoes a creative, unique twist? Here are some ideas:

Parmesan crockpot make-ahead mashed potatoes: Simply add a tablespoon or two of grated parmesan cheese and you’re set. Sprinkle in some Italian seasonings to take the flavor up a notch.

Garlic rosemary crockpot make-ahead mashed potatoes: Increase the garlic powder from two teaspoons to three, then add in a teaspoon or two of dried rosemary. Yum!

Cheddar bacon crockpot make-ahead mashed potatoes: Mix in half a cup of bacon pieces along with the cream cheese and sour cream when putting the potatoes together in the crockpot. During the last half hour the potatoes are cooking in the crockpot, sprinkle a half-cup of shredded cheddar cheese on top. Delicious!

If you have success with other variations, it would be fun to know about your experience. Feel free to let me know, and I’ll add the idea with a mention right here. I’m always open to new mashed potato combinations!

How do You Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes?

If you end up with quite a few leftover mashed potatoes from this crockpot mashed potatoes recipe, there are many ways to use them. One of my favorite ways is to use as a topping for shepherd’s pie or Leftover Turkey Pot Pie. Instead of serving Easy Cola Chicken over rice, serve it over mashed potatoes. There are many possibilities!

Other Holiday Recipes You Might Enjoy

If you are a fan of easy recipes, especially special ones for the holidays, here are some other ideas. Any seafood lovers in your crowd? Try serving this special side dish: Crowd-Pleasing Seafood Salad. If you need some ideas for using holiday leftovers, consider making Easy Curried Turkey , which is great for using up leftover turkey. Another terrific option is Leftover Turkey Pot Pie. Not into making a complicated crust for the top? No worries! There are many easy topping variations for this version of turkey pot pie (see the previous paragraph). I’m into low-stress, no-fuss recipes, remember?

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Meal Shortcut?

Do you have a favorite holiday meal shortcut you would like to share? I’d be happy to learn about it, because I’m all about simplifying holiday meals so that time can be spent visiting with guests. It’s nice to be able to be a relaxed host.

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I hope you get to try this fabulously easy recipe for crockpot make-ahead mashed potatoes. If you would like even more recipe ideas, consider following my Easy Recipes board on Pinterest. Here’s to making wonderful, stress-free meals!

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26 thoughts on “Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Crock Pot Style”

  1. Crockpot make ahead mashed potatoes sounds delightful.

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  2. 5 stars
    I love the idea of make ahead mashed potatoes. Life changing!

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    • Yes, this easy make ahead crockpot mashed potato recipe has saved me loads of last-minute stress.

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  3. 5 stars
    Love this crockpot make ahead mashed potatoes recipe! I love mashed potatoes and the recipe will definitely save time. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  4. 5 stars
    These crockpot make ahead mashed potatoes are the best! It was nice not having to rush around and mash at the last minute when I made these for a meal. Thank you!

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    • I’m so glad the recipe worked out well for you. I hope you have many more happy make-ahead mashed potato experiences!

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  5. Lisa, I am going to try this later today and serve tomorrow. Thank you for saving my backside AND ensuring we get to eat my fave with our Christmas turkey!

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    • Flossie,

      I’d love to know how it goes! Glad to know you used it.

      Lisa

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  6. I love the idea of the crock pot, I am trying it this Saturday for our family gathering. Do l just take them from the fridge into the crock pot for about 3 hours on low, stir occasionally? Sounds to easy!

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    • Nona,

      Yes, it really is that easy. You can even serve the potatoes straight from the crock pot, if you wish. Sometimes I put a few pats of butter on top right before serving. If you have the time, please let me know how it goes! Have a super week!
      Lisa

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  7. I LOVE mashed potatoes, and your recipe looks awesome! Thanks!

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    • Candi,

      Of course! Happy to share the recipe, especially for a fellow mashed potato fan to enjoy!

      Lisa

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  8. What a wonderful life hack! I never have tried making them in advance, but this sounds perfect and easy. Thank you!

    Karen | https://OurCarpeDiem.com

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    • Karen,

      It is one of my favorite life hacks of all time! It really has saved me a lot of stress over the years, and I hope it helps you too. Have a super week!

      Lisa

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  9. Neat! I had no idea you could make potatoes ahead of time. Will have to give this a try.

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    • Sarah,

      Oh I do hope you get the opportunity to try this recipe. It is one of my all-time favorites. I never have to stress about the potatoes anymore! Thanks for reading my post, and have a great week!

      Lisa

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  10. Those sounds so yummy, Lisa! This year, for Thanksgiving, I made stuffing in the crockpot and potatoes in the instant pot! It’s great to free up the oven, and at serving time (we do a buffet line set-up), each can keep warm in their respective appliance. Have a great day!

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    • Jenny,

      You are so smart. I’d love to have your crock pot stuffing recipe, and what a good idea to use the instant pot for your potatoes. Yes, anything that can be done to free up the oven is a good thing. My husband wants to do a smoked turkey on the Traeger for Christmas. It will be fun to see how that turns out. I hope all of your holiday meals are spectacular, stress-free and memorable. Thanks for reading my post!

      Lisa

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      • Hi Lisa, the stuffing recipe is on the box of Mrs. Cubbison’s mix. Not from scratch, but we like it. (And I’m sure a scratch recipe would be even yummier!) We found it turns out better if you sauté the onions and celery before mixing them in with the stuffing to cook. I bet your smoked turkey will be delicious! Have a great night!

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        • Jenny,

          Thanks so much! I will have to check that out, and I’ll let you know about that smoked turkey.

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  11. This post came at the perfect time. I have mashed potatoe duty this year. Now I am not dreading it. 😊🌲

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    • Jodi,

      Oh, good. I’m so happy you will be able to use it. I hope it will simplify your holiday meal planning and give you more time to spend with your family! Have a great week!

      Lisa

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  12. Wow great recipe! Can’t wait to try this! Thank you!!

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    • Holly,

      You are most welcome! It has made a huge difference for me in my holiday meal planning. I hope you do get to try it! Thanks for your positive comment, and have a super week!

      Lisa

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