Duchess Potatoes are pretty potatoes with a fancy name, that are actually very simple to prepare!
Here is a little secret – duchess potatoes are actually just mashed potatoes that are piped into pretty forms with a piping bag.
But let’s not minimize their flavor. They are light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. And they look pretty classy!
What are Duchess Potatoes?
Duchess potatoes are mashed potatoes with a fancy twist. I learned to make these little babies at our local culinary school and they seem pretty and fancy… but they are easy enough to make any day of the week.
Mash up some potatoes, add a bit of egg yolk and pipe them into little ‘flowers’. Brush with a bit of egg white and baked until golden. Voila – very fancy but easy!
Easy Ingredients and even easier to make with only a handful of ingredients.
They are so versatile! This classic recipe can easily be adapted or seasoned to your liking. Add a little cream cheese, garlic, or chives before piping!
Duchess potatoes are always a great way to impress. Make them for entertaining, as they make a beautiful side for beef roasts or turkey dinners!
Short on time? Make these ahead and bake when company is coming!
Since these are a version of mashed potatoes you’ll want to use the same spuds you do for mashing. The best options are russet or Idaho potatoes which are very starchy. Yukon Gold is a second favorite.
Make sure they are peeled. They can also be made in the Instant pot with this Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe. A little bit of mashed sweet potatoes could also be added for a variety of colors and flavors.
DAIRY Butter is best for this recipe, avoid margarine or other alternatives. Eggs yolks are added to the potato mixture to help them adhere, and egg whites are brushed on top before baking!
Potato Tip We prefer baked potatoes over boiled in this recipe. They contain less water and more flavor plus we scoop out the filling and save the skins for potato skins. Pop the skins in the freezer for a few weeks until you’re ready to use them!