Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wonderful Make-Ahead Mashers


These are the BEST mashed potatoes EVER! And they are so Easter-morning-friendly because you can make them the night before (or a couple nights before) and then turn on the Crock Pot before leaving for church ... or run home between SunRise Service and Regular service like I do. (Just don't drop the crock pot on the way to the car headed for Grandma's house like I did last year. Ug. Pieces of porcelain in your taters is not fun.)

I never take these anywhere without people begging me for the recipe. Once you make these, you will never want to make them any other way. My favorite way to cook these are in the crockpot but you can bake them in the oven as well. And the best part? Since you don't have all those dirty pans to do right after the meal, you can get on with that Easter Egg Hunt!

To Die for Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
2¾ hours | 45 min prep
SERVES 8 -10

8 medium potatoes
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces chive & onion cream cheese
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chives (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 pinch marjoram (optional)
1/2-1 cup thinly sliced green onion
bacon bit or 2 slices cooked crumpled bacon
milk
paprika

Directions:
Boil potatoes until tender.
Beat softened cream cheese and sour cream in mixing bowl.
Add hot potatoes and beat until smooth, adding small amounts of milk as needed.
Add butter, chives, salt, pepper and onion powder and beat until well-mixed.
Add garlic, green onions, and marjoram and beat until well-mixed.
Pour into either casserole dish or crockpot*.
Dot with additional butter and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake for 25 minutes in 350°F oven or cook on low in crockpot for 2-3 hours. If cooked in crockpot, add a few additional drops of butter and stir, just before serving.
Sprinkle with Bacon Bits or crumpled bacon just before serving.

Did I Mention: *These can be refrigerated overnight in either casserole dish or crockpot. If refrigerated overnight, let them sit out of the fridge for 30 minutes before baking.

OH!: And if there are leftovers, and you're sick of them for a bit, they freeze well in a ziplock bag for later!

4 comments:

Girly Girl Mommy said...

Thanks, girl!! This will be our 4th year going to an Easter afternoon pot-luck with Christian families in our neighborhood and I have been assigned a "hot potato" dish. Perfect!!

Football and Fried Rice said...

Oh my goodness! These look amazing! I made PWs for Thanksgiving - these look like next on the recipe rotation :)

Lexilooo said...

hmmm, these sound delicious, and my Iowan boyfriend insists that the only kind of potatos he will eat is mashed! I think I may have to make them for sunday!

Gretchen said...

Yum!!! I think I will give this a try.

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