Creamy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes


* 3 pounds potatoes (about 9 medium), peeled and cubed

* 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

* 1/2 cup Daisy Brand Sour Cream

* 1/2 cup butter, cubed

* 1/4 cup 2% milk

* 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon garlic powder

* 1/2 teaspoon pepper

* 6 bacon strips, chopped

* 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

* 3 green onions, chopped


* Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain; mash potatoes with cream cheese, sour cream and butter. Stir in milk and seasonings.

* In a small skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain.

* Transfer potato mixture to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with cheese, onions and bacon. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

* Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.