This Duchess Potatoes recipe is an easy way to make boring mashed potatoes into something fancy. Guaranteed to impress your guests this holiday season!
This weekend I started planning my holiday menus. Yep, you heard me right, I’m planning my menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas. What can I say? This is my favorite time of year for recipes! I love going on Pinterest and searching for fancy recipes to try out. I have people over for dinner lots throughout the year but during the holidays I get to throw big dinner parties and make food that is a little more upscale. This is also the time of year when I long for an updated kitchen. Some people dream of a white Christmas, all I want is an open floor plan and a double oven! When we were asked to talk about the GE Café™ series of appliances I was so excited! I was like a kid again making out my Christmas wishlist.
The GE Café™ Series is a professional line of appliances, with innovative features like burners specialized for precise boiling, simmering and searing, and ovens you can wirelessly control from your smartphone. A WIFI capable oven, awesome right? Even their microwaves are a step up with nearly instantaneous halogen heat, and the ability to store cooking instructions for different recipes. The GE Café™ Series has some serious power that mimics great restaurants, it’s a total dream come true for people like me who love to spend their time creating in the kitchen. Just look at that double oven. I’ve been wanting one for years. I have to pick and choose my holiday recipes so that I don’t make too many things that have to be in the oven at the same time. It keeps me from making all sorts of fun things for my guests. With the power of one of these in my kitchen I’d be unstoppable! ;).
These Duchess potatoes are one of those recipes I love to make for guests but I don’t always get to because I run out of room in the oven. When I can fit them into the menu though I do because they are just a fancy mashed potato, and who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? They are also really easy to make. They only take a few more steps than run of the mill mashed potatoes, but they look like something you slaved over. I won’t tell if you won’t.
The key to Duchess Potatoes is eggs. You basically make mashed potatoes, add eggs to them and then pipe them on a baking sheet and bake them. What you end up with is pretty little individual servings of mashed potatoes that are slightly crispy on the outside. Delicious! And, even though they take a little more work you can make them ahead of time, pipe them on your baking sheet then put them in your refrigerator until you are ready to bake them.
- 2 lbs Russet potatoes (weigh) bag
- 3 large Egg yolks, room temperature
- 5 Tbsps Butter, room temperature
- ¼ c Heavy cream, room temperature
- 1 tsp Salt, plus more to taste
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- 1 whole Egg
- 1 Tbsp Milk
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a large pot boil the peeled potatoes. Once they are fork tender drain the water off and put them back in the pot to cook over low heat for 3 minutes (this will help dry them out).
- Mash the potatoes until they are smooth.
- Let the potatoes cool for 5 minutes then add the butter, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cream.
- Mix thoroughly and add more salt if needed.
- Fold egg yolks into the mixture until they are combined. Do not over mix.
- Add potato mixture to a large piping bag with a large star tip and pipe the potatoes onto parchment paper or a silpat mat, on a baking sheet.
- Note: If you are making these ahead of time you can put them in the refrigerator and let them sit until you are ready to bake. Giving them at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator will help with the next step.
- Mix whole egg with milk and gently brush egg wash over potatoes. Becareful not to use too much eggwash, you do not want it to drip down the sides and pool around the potatoes.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges of potatoes are golden brown.
I’m not so sure I’ve been good enough to get a GE Café™ series double oven for Christmas but I’m putting my wishlist up on the refrigerator (GE Café™ has one of those for my kitchen update too!) just in case. A girl can dream right?
If you love planning your holiday parties as much as I do here are some party planning printables for you. Download them and start planning! And for more recipe inspiration make sure you check out the GE Cafe Pinterest Board !
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