Maine Dinner Party Potatoes, Duchess-style


  • 4-5 Maine russet potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place potatoes in large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, about 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. Drain well. Place back over low heat for two minutes, making sure potatoes are dry.
  4. Press potatoes through a potato ricer, a strainer or a food mill into a large bowl.
  5. Stir in the milk, butter, egg yolks, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a pastry bag or resealable plastic bag and a large star tip, pipe potatoes into six mounds on the baking sheet.
  7. Brush with beaten egg and bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.