My girlfriend totally impressed me the other day by casually mentioning that she had made Duchess Potatoes for her family for dinner. “What,” I asked, “are those??? And why don’t I know what they are??? And how can you pull that off on a work night???”
Not one to be outdone, I set out to make Duchess Potatoes that very week! Here’s how I did it….all thanks to my 26 year old Betty Crocker Cookbook. (and my competitive spirit….)
Boil some potatoes.
Mash them with 2 egg yolks and just a bit of milk, cream, buttermilk or half and half. Salt and pepper if desired.
Plop them in decorative (or not so decorative) mounds on a greased baking sheet. (Speaking of Betty Crocker, you, of course, could use a pastry bag and a star tip – none of which is owned by me…) Drizzle melted butter over the mounds of potatoes.... Dust with paprika… or not.
Bake at high heat (450 degrees) for about 10 minutes. Broil for a few minutes for a nice fancy finish.
Serve to your admiring family… on a work night… when they are expecting regular old mashed potatoes.
(Yeah… I made Jello too…. Betty Crocker here….)