2 pounds Russet potatoes, weigh bag 3 large Egg yolks, room temperature 5 tablespoons Butter, room temperature 1/4 cup Heavy cream, room temperature 1 teaspoon Salt, plus more to taste 1/4 teaspoon Pepper 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg 1 large Egg 2 tablespoons Milk
Mash and season. Mash the potatoes until they are smooth. To do this you can use a potato masher, hand mixer, or a potato ricer. Let the potatoes cool for 5 minutes then add the butter, cream, salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Mix thoroughly and add more salt if needed.
Pipe and set. 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. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. This will firm up the potatoes to help with the next step.
Brush. Mix whole egg with milk and gently brush egg wash over potatoes. Be careful not to use too much egg wash, you do not want it to drip down the sides and pool around the potatoes. (if you are making these ahead of time wait to add the egg wash until you are ready to place them in the oven.)
WHAT KIND OF POTATO IS MOST OFTEN USED FOR DUCHESS POTATOES? You want to use a starchy potato such as Yukon Gold or Russet. We prefer to use Russet potatoes. They not only taste great, but they also make a perfectly creamy mashed potato. Either potato will give you the delicious flavor and texture that makes the perfect duchess potatoes.