With its dull, flaky and nicked complexion, no one could accuse the potato of being a great beauty, but like all things superficial, the plain is only skin deep. A bit of exfoliating, a massage, and some rich, nourishing emollients transform the homely and humble spud into a duchess of distinction. It's amazing what a little salon treatment can do.
Duchess Potatoes – My own recipe (based on many variations available)
4 large potatoes (I used russet), peeled, washed and cut into large cubes2 tablespoons butter
1 large egg, slightly beaten
½ cup grated cheddar cheese or other cheese of your choice (optional)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika mixed with just enough water to form a thick paste (optional garnish)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley (optional garnish)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large pot of water over high heat, boil potatoes until they are tender but not mushy. Drain potatoes and return them to the empty pot to dry of any excess moisture. While still hot, transfer potatoes to a large bowl to mash, beat or rice them smooth without any lumps. Beat in butter, egg and cheese, then the salt and pepper. Spoon or pipe potato mixture into oven-safe ramekins or custard cups. Using a pastry brush, lightly touch paprika paste onto potato mixture and top with chopped parsley. Bake on middle rack of oven for 30 minutes or until edges are evenly browned. Serve immediately while still hot. Serves 4. –
This post is for Heather of Diary of a Fanatic Foodie, hosting #158 of Weekend Herb Blogging, the ever-popular weekly food blogging event, now organized by Haalo of Cook almost Anything at least once.
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