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Browned Butter and Hazelnut Mashed Potatoes

Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 8


  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold or russet potatoes, unpeeled and cut into 1-in. chunks
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk, warmed to steaming
  • 1 container (7 oz.) plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender when pierced, about 15 minutes. Drain; return to pot.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, cook hazelnuts over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add butter and cook, stirring frequently, until butter is golden brown and flecked with brown bits and hazelnuts are dark brown, about 5 minutes. Pour hot hazelnut mixture into a bowl and set aside.

  3. Mash hot potatoes. Add milk, yogurt, salt, and pepper, mashing to blend. Transfer to a serving bowl and spoon about half the warm hazelnut mixture over the top; serve the rest on the side.

Also appeared in: Sunset, November, 2009;