Browned Butter & Scallion Mashed Potatoes


With just 6 days left until Easter, many of us are planning what to serve or bring to the big dinner, as well as how to decorate and add the extra touches that make our holidays memorable.

Everyone loves mashed potatoes right? I spied these a-mazing Browned Butter & Scallion Mashed Potatoes years ago in a Bon Appetit Magazine, and I instantly HAD to make them.

For holidays, I think its fun to change them up into something a little more special — something you remember and maybe associate with that meal or holiday. These do just that for me. The browned butter takes this to a different level.

These potatoes really are spectacular…simple, yet spectacular!

Here’s a printable recipe for your convenience.

Browned Butter & Scallion Mashed Potatoes
Recipe Type: Side Dishes
Author: Colleen Kennedy
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Serves: 6-8
  • 5 pounds potatoes such as Yukon Gold or Russett, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 bunches scallions, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more of black pepper
  1. Cover potatoes with cold water in a heavy pot and add 1 teaspoons salt to the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, melt butter in a heavy skillet over moderately high heat, stirring frequently and scraping up brown bits, until foam subsides and butter is golden brown (but be careful not to burn it), about 8 minutes. Add scallions and pepper and cook, stirring, until scallions become wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes in a colander, shaking until mostly dry. Force potatoes through a potato masher or return them to the pot and mash hot potatoes with a potato masher.
  4. Fold browned butter mixture, milk and sour cream into the mashed potatoes season with salt and serve.
  5. Tips: In place of the scallions you could substitute shallots or minced sweet onion. You can also add in crispy bacon or pancetta to take these potatoes over the top!

What is the dish that makes your Easter or favorite holiday memorable?


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15 Responses

  1. Oh this look so good! And fattening 🙂 I’d definitely eat. I’d like to try it with substitutions my kids can eat!

  2. I have to try this mashed potato recipe!! Looks way too delicious to pass up!! Thanks for the giveaway and the awesome recipe 🙂

  3. I love mashed potatoes and this is an awesome twist on a classic. Brown butter on mashed potatoes is ALWAYS good.

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