Duchess Potatoes
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Duchess Potatoes

Take your mashed potato game to the next level! These duchess potatoes may look intimidating, but they are simple to make. Even better, they can be made ahead.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs potatoes (Yukon Gold work best)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp salted butter, divided
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 large egg yolks


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Peel and cut potatoes into chunks.
  • Place potatoes in a medium to large (3 quart) pot and cover with a few inches of cold, salted water.
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  • Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and set aside. This butter will be used to coat the potatoes right before they go in the oven.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, drain in a colander. Put the potatoes back in the pot and set over low heat. Allow them to release steam for a minute or so.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of butter and mash the potatoes until the butter has been incorporated. Add the nutmeg, black pepper, and heavy cream and continue mashing the potatoes.
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  • Add the egg yolks.
  • Continue to mash until the mixture is smooth. Do not over-mash or your potatoes will end up a gluey consistency.
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  • Using a piping bag with a large star point, pipe the potatoes onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
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  • Brush the potatoes with the melted butter.
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  • Bake in the 425°F oven until nicely browned, about 20 minutes. Serve hot, fresh from the oven.
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To make ahead for a dinner party, just prepare the mashed potatoes, pipe them and refrigerate. Put them in a 425°F oven to brown for 20 minutes before serving.
No time for piping? Just put the potatoes in a casserole dish and use a fork to create lots of peaks on the surface. Be sure to brush the top with melted butter before putting in the oven.
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