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Baked Mashed Potatoes

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Recipe Level: Creative | Recipe Speed: Average | Season: All | Type: Starchy Side | Diet: Vegetarian

I know, I know...it's not the most beautiful picture. But, I promise that these baked mashed potatoes are totally delicious! Baking them makes a little bit of a brown, crispy crust on top, which adds a pleasing texture. This is a quick and easy version of a dish called "Duchess Potatoes," which involves piping the mashed potatoes into cute little piles and baking them. If you want to see the fancy version, click here. The truth is, I was going to put them in a pastry bag and pipe them, but then I realized I'd have to peel 'em, and I wanted to keep the skin on. 

  • 6 golden potatoes
  • salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • more salt and some pepper
  • a smidgen of ground nutmeg, if you'd like
  • 6 egg yolks, whisked
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, rinse the potatoes and cut them into eighths. 
  2. Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and return to the pot. At this point, preheat the broiler on high. 
  3. Add butter, cheese, salt and pepper, and nutmeg (if desired). Mash the potatoes. If you don't have a potato masher, you can use a whisk. That's one of my favorite chef tricks. 
  4. Thoroughly mix in the yolks.
  5. Butter a 9x13 glass baking dish, add the potatoes, and smooth them out. 
  6. Broil until the top is dotted with brown. Serve.