Make Ahead Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Easy and flavorful garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes that can be made ahead and reheated perfectly! Save valuable time and space for holiday meal prep!

Make holiday meal prep easy with these flavorful make ahead garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes! Recipe at

It’s hard to believe Easter is already creeping up on us! I swear it was just St Patrick’s day. But here it is, almost regularly warm and very sunny weather. The grocery stores are stocked with white eggs and colorful Easter candy. At least that part is easy, but what about the dinner menu?

Do you stick to the same classic menu for holidays every year or do you change things up? I’m a mix of both. I love trying new recipes and sharing the best ones with my friends and family at get togethers, so I’m going to share one of my new favorite holiday dishes with you. And you know what, it doesn’t have to just be a holiday dish! It can, and should, be your new go-to mashed potato recipe, because it’s easy, creamy and delicious. Bonus, it reheats beautifully! So make these potatoes ahead and save time on the big day OR prep as you normally would and reheat your leftovers.

I definitely snacked on leftovers for days, each time tasted like it had been freshly made!

Make holiday meal prep easy with these flavorful make ahead garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes! Recipe at

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Be sure to add this easy make ahead garlic mashed potato recipe to your dinner plans!

Make holiday meal prep easy with these flavorful make ahead garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes! Recipe at

Make Ahead Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Easy and flavorful garlic mashed potatoes that can be made ahead and reheated perfectly!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potatoes
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 lb russet potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 oz PHILADELPHIA cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter softened or melted
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp chives diced


  • Peel and cut potatoes into roughly 1-2" pieces. Add chopped potatoes and peeled garlic cloves to a medium saucepan, covering potatoes with water. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Reduce temperature slightly if needed to reduce bubbling or foam. Drain potatoes in a colander.
  • For lump free potatoes, press drained potatoes through a potato ricer into a large bowl. To the potatoes, add cream cheese, butter, salt, and pepper. Beat well until smooth and creamy. Taste and add additional seasoning if desired. Add chives and mix until dispersed throughout.
  • If making ahead, cover and chill until ready to serve. Reheat in the microwave and stir prior to serving. Alternately, potatoes may be served immediately after mixing and leftovers may be reheated as desired.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

This post is sponsored by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. As always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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27 Responses to “Make Ahead Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes”

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 16, 2014 at 6:09 am

    These look fantastic, and I LOVE that they can be made ahead of time… ideal for Easter!

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      Rachel — April 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Marie! :)

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    Medeja — April 16, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I like so much mashed potatoes.. :) using cream cheese is new but delicious idea :)

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      Rachel — April 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Thanks so much Medeja! :)

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    Chloe @ foodlikecake — April 16, 2014 at 8:06 am

    These look awesome!

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      Rachel — April 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Chloe! :)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Cream cheese mashed potatoes are insanely good!

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      Rachel — April 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Exactly! Insanely good is the perfect description lol :)

  5. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Mmm, you can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes!

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      Rachel — April 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Agreed! :) Thanks Amanda!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — April 16, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Looks so fluffy and creamy!

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      Rachel — April 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

      You’d love them! :) Thanks Steph!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I want all things potato related for Easter. The End. No seriously, these look amazing and the whole make ahead plan is perfect for any holiday. :)

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      Rachel — April 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

      We should create an all day potato fest holiday. It’d be amazing.

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    Amanda — April 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I love garlic mashed potatoes but haven’t thought about adding cream cheese. I bet they are delicious!

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      Rachel — April 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks Amanda! You’ve definitely got to try them. :)

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — April 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    not only is this a fantastic recipe, but I love how beautiful your pictures came out!! mashed potatoes are hard to photograph, so kudos girrrrl!

  10. #
    JanetFCTC — April 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    These look wonderful. I WAS having a Hot Pocket for dinner lol, but now I may make a partial batch of these instead!

  11. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — April 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    These cream cheese mashed potatoes look like a dollop of heaven right before my eyes! I would give a lot just to have one creamy bite right now!!!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — April 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

    My favorite mashed potatoes:) Love it!

  13. #
    Claire Gallam — April 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Mashed potatoes are the way to my heart!! :)

  14. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — April 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

    These look absolutely PERFECT, Rachel! I would 100% face-plant into that bowl :)

  15. #
    Stephanie — April 20, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Garlic and cream cheese mashed potatoes? Yeah, I’m in!

  16. #
    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — April 26, 2014 at 1:03 am

    It’s always great to have as many make ahead options as possible. What a great trick to have up your sleeve.

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      Rachel — April 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Renee! :)

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    Mary — July 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Can you heat these in a crockpot the next day instead of the oven, if yes, for how long?

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      Rachel — July 5, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      I haven’t heated these in the oven or slow cooker, only the microwave. However, I’m sure any of those would work great. I don’t have a time or temp recommendation for this particular recipe with those appliances, but I do have a slow cooker mashed potato recipe you might be interested in checking out either to use instead, or to use part of those instructions for heating. Good luck!

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