After I made my very first Thanksgiving dinner many years ago, I developed a whole new respect for my Mom. She just always made Thanksgiving seem so effortless. We’d have tons of guests in our house and my Mom always put on a huge meal with delicious food. She was never frenzied or stressed, but always perfectly coiffed and ready to entertain.
After my first Thanksgiving disaster, I asked her how she did it. As it turns out 90% of the Thanksgiving meal was prepared and cooked ahead of time. Brilliant! I’ve since adopted her method and I now find Thanksgiving dinner so much easier
Start now and look for recipes that can be made ahead of time like this Cranberry Sauce or these Cheesy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes.
There’s two things I really love about these Cheesy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes. First, they don’t dry out when they are reheated. Second, cheese. Who tries to get more cheese in their life all the time? This chick right here, that’s who. The older the cheese the better for this recipe, so don’t be nervous buying an extra old or sharp block of cheddar.
Pro-tip for boiling your potatoes. Cut you potatoes into 1 inch chunks rather than leaving whole to boil. This ensures that your potatoes will cook evenly.
This recipe is perfect for any meal when you’re entertaining from Sunday dinner to Thanksgiving to Christmas. Add it into your menu rotation and you’ll never be sorry.
Cheesy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
- 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes about 6, peeled, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded old Cheddar Cheese
- 1/4 cup Miracle Whip Original Spread
- 1 green onion sliced
Cook potatoes in boiling water in large saucepan 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain.
Mash potatoes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Spoon into microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 5 to 7 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.