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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.

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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 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
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: 18


  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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


Serving: 2pieces, Calories: 212kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 698mg, Potassium: 495mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 420IU, Vitamin C: 6.4mg, Calcium: 113mg, Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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34 comments on “The Best Duchess Potatoes”

  1. Excited to make these for Christmas! Would it work if I fully made them, refrigerated overnight, and then reheated them the next day? If so, what temp and how long should I heat in the oven? Thank you!!

  2. I am having a large gathering and need to plan ahead.  I will prepare the day before, refrigerate and bake in the morning because I need the oven for other food the rest of the day.  How long can they stay at room temperature before reheating?  At what temperature and for how long do I require for reheating? 
    Thanks – these are delicious and excited to share with guests! 

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  5. Made these for the first time and followed the recipe exactly. Tasted the potatoes before adding the four egg yolks and they tasted awesome!

  6. Could I swap the white cheddar for Parmesan or any other cheese? 

    • Hi Olivia,

      Yes, you can use other cheeses. However, I would pick another cheese that melts like cheddar. Gouda, Muenster, Pepper Jack, or Fontina would be good choices. :)

  7. Is this firm enough that it could be served as a finger food at a party (if made in small enough portions)?

  8. Would you pipe and then freeze, then thaw before baking or bake straight from the freezer? I know I couldn’t pull these off day-of, but would love to freeze and bake on Easter. 

  9. These look absolutely amazing – I love all things potatoes!

  10. I have to try these potatoes. They look so good and so easy to make.

  11. These are so delicious! Totally worth the time and effort.

  12. Omg love these. Perfectly pillowy and delicious. Addicting for sure. 

  13. Wow these look absolutely perfect and I’ve always been a big fan of dill on potatoes!

  14. They are so elegant, but your tutorial makes it so straightforward. Thanks for a great recipe!

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

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

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

  23. These are just the best! Yours look perfect!

  24. Those look so perfectly nice and golden brown and crispy!

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

  26. Gorgeous! I want a whole plate full!

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

  28. 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!

  29. This is such  a fun way to serve potatoes!!