Duchess Potatoes

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins

These mounds of soft, buttery spuds with crisp golden crusts have indented centers made to hold pools of gravy.


  • 2 ½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (about 10 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • Salt and pepper

  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, plus more for parchment

  • 3 large egg yolks, divided

  • ¼ cup plus 2 teaspoons heavy cream, divided

  • Ground nutmeg


  1. In a large pot, cover potatoes with cold salted water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil; reduce to a rapid simmer and cook until tender, 15 minutes. Drain in a colander, let sit 5 minutes, then return to pot. Add butter and, with a potato masher, mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add 2 egg yolks, 1/4 cup cream, and pinch of nutmeg; stir until combined.

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and lightly butter paper. Dollop mixture in 8 equal portions on sheet, 2 inches apart. Using the back of a spoon, create a small well in the center of each. Freeze until firm, 15 minutes. Whisk together remaining egg yolk and 2 teaspoons cream. Brush on potatoes and bake until golden, 15 minutes.


Cook's Notes

To prep ahead, portion onto baking sheet. Freeze until hard, then transfer to a zip-top bag and freeze, up to 3 days. Brush with yolk mixture and bake as directed.

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