The Best Duchess Potatoes

Best Ever Duchess Potatoes Recipe | ASpicyPerspective.comToday we’re sharing The Best Duchess Potatoes recipe we’ve ever made. It’s a fabulous addition to holiday meals.

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Fancy mashed potatoes. That’s what we’re serving up today.

Don’t let the word duchess throw you off. These silky smooth mashed potatoes are simply piped into little mounds and baked to give them a golden elegant appearance.

But boy, does it ever make a difference!

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My first experience with Duchess Potatoes was at a stuffy country club wedding dinner served with Beef Wellington. An old-school 80’s teen country club drama just about sums up the experience.

Honestly, I don’t think I even knew what my fork was sinking into as I lifted the first bite to my lips.

Mashed potatoes… Nothing fancy there. Yet the presentation made a world of difference. I remember making a mental note that a golden crusty exterior on mashed potatoes was definitely a good thing.

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Certainly, you could just make creamy comforting mashed potatoes and just serve them as-is. You could also bake them in a dish so the top gets a little crusty to replicate the duchess potato concept.

Yet for the full effect of golden pillows of potato, with moist fluffy interiors and buttery crisp exteriors, you’ve got to make real deal Duchess Potatoes.

How To: The Best Duchess Potatoes Recipe |

The Best Duchess Potatoes recipe I’m sharing today is, in my humble opinion the best, because the flavor and texture are so right on.

All mashed potatoes are pretty darn good, but these are ultra silky and have a fabulous flavor due to the addition of white cheddar cheese.

Egg yolks are added to improve the texture and offer richness.

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Once the potatoes are mashed and piped onto baking sheets, brush the exterior gently with melted butter so the exterior can turn brown along the ridges.

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The Best Duchess Potatoes are wonderful for the holidays. You can make and pipe them onto baking sheets a day or two ahead, then bake them at the last minute. They are a great way to portion out meals to make sure everyone gets an equal serving. And they look lovely sitting pretty on each plate.

Give The Best Duchess Potatoes a try this Thanksgiving!

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The Best Duchess Potatoes

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
The Best Duchess Potatoes - An easy Baked Mashed Potatoes Recipe with a golden crisp crust and a silky interior. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Servings: 12 Servings
Nutrition Facts
The Best Duchess Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces)
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 698mg 29%
Potassium 495mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 8.4%
Vitamin C 7.8%
Calcium 11.3%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded white cheddar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the peeled potato chunks in a large sauce pot and cover with water. Add the salt and bring to a boil. Simmer the potatoes until fork-tender. Then drain off all the water and allow the potatoes to dry out a few minutes.
  3. Place the potatoes back over medium heat. Add the shredded cheese, heavy cream, nutmeg, and white pepper. Use a potato masher or immersion blender to mash the potatoes into a fine smooth texture. Then quickly stir the egg yolks into the potato mixture.

  4. Scoop the potatoes into a large piping bag fitted with a wide star tip. Pipe 1/2 cup mounds of potato onto the baking sheets, leaving room in between for the potatoes to expand.

  5. Brush the tops of the Duchess Potatoes with melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden on top. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Pipe the mounds high. They will spread and flatten a little as they bake.

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  6. Julie | Table for Twoposted November 9, 2016 at 8:49 pm Reply

    Love these duchess potatoes… pairing them with beef wellington is an even better treat!

  7. Emily @ Life on Foodposted November 9, 2016 at 6:06 am Reply

    These potatoes look marvelous! So delicious! Perfect for a special treat on Thanksgiving!

  8. Gaby Dalkinposted November 7, 2016 at 5:09 pm Reply

    What an awesome twist on a traditional dish for the holidays! Looks great.

  9. Heather Christoposted November 7, 2016 at 12:47 pm Reply

    These are just the best! Yours look perfect!

    Rating: 5
  10. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted November 7, 2016 at 11:48 am Reply

    Those look so perfectly nice and golden brown and crispy!

  11. Marla Meridithposted November 7, 2016 at 10:45 am Reply

    These potatoes look like all kinds of delicious fun to prepare!!

  12. Maria Lichtyposted November 7, 2016 at 10:10 am Reply

    Gorgeous! I want a whole plate full!

  13. Mary Pisarkiewiczposted November 7, 2016 at 9:59 am Reply

    Love it! I agree what a fun and fresh way to present potatoes. Beautiful photography as well!

  14. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted November 7, 2016 at 8:48 am Reply

    What a fun idea!!! I love that you could do this ahead of time and just pop them in the oven to brown and warm. Gorgeous!

  15. Jenny Flakeposted November 7, 2016 at 7:38 am Reply

    This is such  a fun way to serve potatoes!!  

    Rating: 5