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My mother’s childhood friend passed along this recipe to me when I got married. She says it’s “a lifesaver for big holiday dinners.” Having my first big Thanksgiving with my in-laws, we’ll find out!

“NIGHT BEFORE” MASHED POTATOES

Ingredients (serves 10-12):

8-10 potatoes, peeled
dash of baking soda
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
1 cup Tillamook Sour Cream
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Boil and drain potatoes. Place potatoes back in pot and return to burner until all water is absorbed. Whip hot potatoes adding cream cheese and sour cream. Add a dash of soda before whipping to make potatoes fluffier. Continue beating until fluffy and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Place in a 9×13 baking dish covered in cooking spray. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.  When ready to serve, bake (covered in foil) for 15 minutes at 325 degrees. Continue baking (uncovered) for 20 minutes. Stir and serve.

Does anyone have any fun additions to your mashed potatoes? I’ve heard horseradish can be good, or chives, or…?

Photo: Ernesto Andrade/Flickr (Creative Commons)

8 comments

Sweet Sue

I like to put my potatoes in the crock pot in the morning on low, they don't take up precious oven space, and they come out perfect just in time for dinner.

November 23rd, 2011 at 3:41 pm

MaryAnne Bartlett

Garlic....lotsa smooshed garlic! Then chop either chives or spring onions and sprinkle just before serving.

November 23rd, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Lauren

I love fresh white corn or spinach leaves or both in my mashed potatoes!

November 23rd, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Melinda

I always make my mashed potatoes with Garlic Salt instead of regular salt for that yummy garlic flavor. Also using sour cream and sometimes cream cheese.

November 23rd, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Jala

Tillamook Team

What a great idea, Sue! Thanks so much for sharing...and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Jala of the Tillamook Team

November 23rd, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Jala

Tillamook Team

Yummm! That definitely sounds like a crowd pleaser, MaryAnne! Thanks for sharing your tip with us. I hope you have a really great Thanksgiving!

Jala of the Tillamook Team

November 23rd, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Jala

Tillamook Team

Wow! That's a unique idea! I think I'll give that a try one of these days. Thanks for sharing, Lauren. Enjoy your holiday!

Jala of the Tillamook Team

November 23rd, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Jala

Tillamook Team

Those are great tips, Melinda! Hopefully you use Tillamook Sour Cream :-) Thanks for sharing -- and have a really nice holiday!

Jala of the Tillamook Team

November 23rd, 2011 at 8:38 pm
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