All that peeling, boiling or roasting, mashing, mixing—all while trying to keep those taters hot when they reach the table? It's a surprisingly arduous task.
The best solution is to make mashed potatoes ahead, but that can be challenging too. It’s not as simple as following your favorite recipe and reheating the potatoes the day you need them.
Thankfully, we’ve figured it out for you. Our recipe for Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes is famously ingenious, simple, and best of all, delicious. You can make them up to two days before the big event and store them in the fridge.
Here's how to do it.
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1. Roast (Don’t Boil) the Potatoes
Instead of all that peeling and chopping, we microwave and then roast the potatoes whole. The microwave cuts down on cooking time, and leaving them whole ensures they stay moist and tender.
2. Use Your Stand Mixer to Mash Them
Stand Mixers (High-End)A stand mixer is one of the most expensive appliances in your kitchen, so it had better do it all—from whipping a single egg white to kneading thick pizza dough.
3. Add More Liquid Than You Think You Need
Next, fold in some hot cream and melted butter (I like to go rogue and infuse these with garlic and thyme on the stovetop, though I make sure to strain out those aromatics).
Your potatoes will be loose, but follow the recipe as written to make sure there’s extra liquid to account for the reheat. Transfer those taters to a microwave-safe bowl and cover them with plastic wrap or a silicone cover.
4. Reheat in the Microwave
When it’s close to suppertime, remove the potatoes and poke several holes in the plastic with the tip of a knife, or leave a small gap between the silicone cover and the bowl’s edge.
Microwave them on 75% power for roughly 14 minutes, stirring once at the halfway mark. The lower power setting will ensure an even, gentle reheat that won’t scorch the spuds. Microwaving them also frees up your stove and keeps things more hands-off so that you can focus on carving your turkey or other important tasks. Season to taste and serve (preferably drenched in gravy).