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Duchess Potatoes (VRP 036)

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Duchess Potatoes are a classic, elegant side dish that adds a sophisticated touch to any meal. Made from mashed potatoes enriched with egg and then baked until golden, these delightful potato puffs are as visually appealing as they are delicious.

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Duchess Potatoes

Duchess Potatoes

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Food History

Duchess Potatoes, or “pommes duchesse” in French, date back to 19th-century French cuisine. Traditionally, they are made by enriching mashed potatoes with butter and egg yolks, then piping the mixture into decorative shapes before baking. They are known for their smooth texture and delicate flavor, making them a favorite in fine dining.

Recipe Discussion

This simplified recipe uses instant mashed potato puffs as a base, decreasing the usual preparation time while achieving a fluffy and flavorful result. The critical step involves enhancing the prepared potatoes with a beaten egg to add richness and aid in browning during baking. Once mixed, the potato batter is either spooned or piped onto a greased baking sheet in small mounds or rosettes, depending on your preference for presentation. A sprinkle of paprika not only adds a subtle spice but also gives the potatoes a lovely, warm color as they bake.

Serving Suggestions

Duchess Potatoes are perfect for serving alongside roasted meats like beef, lamb, or chicken. They are also beautiful on a holiday dinner table, where their elegant appearance can shine. Pair with a simple green salad or steamed vegetables for a balanced meal.

Preparation Tips

  • Piping Potatoes: Use a piping bag with a star nozzle to create rosettes or swirls for a more refined look. This enhances the visual appeal and increases the surface area, leading to crispier edges.
  • Consistency: Before adding the egg, ensure the mashed potatoes are not too runny; they should be stiff enough to hold their shape when piped or spooned onto the baking sheet.
  • Baking: Observe the potatoes as they bake to prevent over-browning. They should be a light golden color with a slightly crisp exterior.
  • Flavor Variations: Before baking, you can add grated cheese, minced garlic, or fresh herbs to the potato mixture for added flavor.

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Duchess Potatoes Recipe

Duchess Potatoes

Duchess Potatoes


  • Instant mashed potato puffs
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Paprika


  1. Heat oven to 400°.
  2. Prepare instant mashed potatoe puffs as directed on pkg. for 4 servigns except - decrease milk to 2 T.
  3. In small mixer bowl, beat 1 egg slightly, add hot potatoes & beat on med. speed until fluffy.
  4. Drop mixture by spoonful (8-10) onto greased baking sheet.
  5. ____ place in ____ tube & form rosettes.
  6. Sprinkle w/ paprika.
  7. Bake until golden brown, about 16 minutes
  8. 4 servings.

Duchess Potatoes offers a delightful combination of taste and texture, making them an excellent choice for those looking to impress with their dishes’ appearance and flavor. These potato puffs will surely be a hit, whether for a special occasion or a regular family dinner.

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