Freezer-Friendly Holiday Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes Side Dish Recipes October 29, 2018 by Cynthia EwerA little-known trick to calm holiday cooking stress? Make-ahead dishes for the freezer. Cooked and stored ahead of time, freezer side dishes free up time for the holiday cook. But can you get perfect creamy texture ... from frozen potatoes? Potatoes look watery before freezing, but the water will be absorbed as they bake. While it is possible to substitute russet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes yield a more flavorful dish.