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Homemade Duchess potatoes

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Have you tried homemade Duchess potatoes?

This super creamy homemade duchess potatoes recipe will become one of your exquisite go to party treats.

With its origin in French cuisine, duchess potatoes are part of a legend that says the French cook served them to an English duchess while she was visiting France. They liked them so much that they became legendary.

While time has passed the duchess potatoes recipe remained and have won the recognition all over the world.

Homemade Duchess potatoes

The traditional version contains only 3 ingredients: potatoes, butter, and egg yolks, with nutmeg, salt, and pepper as spices. With these simple ingredients, everybody can duchess potatoes at home.

How to make homemade duchess potatoes in 3 easy steps?

  • Cook potatoes
  • Create duchess mix
  • Bake the duchess potatoes swirls

Place the potatoes in a large pot. I like to leave them with the peel as in that way they don’t absorb a lot of water. Cook until they are ready to be drained and peeled.

PRO TIP: Make sure you don’t overcook the potatoes or they will become mushy and hard to work with.


In order to get potato puree nice and fluffy use potatoes ricer or the grater. Not having chunks in your piping bag will also help you when creating your little swirls. Chunks could obstruct the nozzle and the block the smooth release of the puree.

PRO TIP: If you don’t possess the piping bag you can make alternative one from the zip lock plastic bag. Just remember to cut the smaller tip and test how it goes, before you enlarge it.

Place the baking paper on your baking tray and make the swirls as you like them (I love the creative side of it). I have made some as a swirl and some as a volcano.

PRO TIP: If you are doing it for the first time, make circles with the pencil on the baking paper (use the small cup as a guideline). Turn over the paper and trace the circle when making your swirl.

Bake them in preheated oven on 200 C for 15 min or until you see that your duchess bites are getting golden brown.

Serve your homemade duchess potatoes as a creamy side dish to fish or meat.

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Your frequently asked questions about homemade duchess potatoes:

  • How to make and freeze Duchess potatoes?

Follow the instructions above and you will make the duchess potatoes at home with an ease (even the first timers). In order to freeze them make sure that:

  1. Your potatoes mix is nice and semi-dry (use a potato ricer and not immersion mixer as they tend to make puree liquidy). This will allow you to make a nice shape that will remain in that form during the baking period.
  2. Bake for 10 min, cool down the duchess potatoes and then place on a flat tray in the freezer for the first 2 hours. Once the potatoes have frozen and maintained the desired shape you can remove them from the tray and put in the bag and store in the freezer until needed.
  • How to make Parmesan Duchess potatoes?

  1. If you like the cheese taste, you can grate Parmesan over duchess potatoes while they are hot and serve them immediately while cheese is melting.
  2. Add a cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese to the potatoes mix before baking them. The parmesan will melt within the duchess potatoes and you will get great cheese aroma.
  • How to make Duchess potatoes in advance?

Use a recipe for the duchess, bake them halfway and then freeze them. To use them later on, you don’t need to defrost them, but just place them in preheated oven and bake for 10-15 min.

  • How to make Duchess Garlic potatoes?

If you are like me and love the garlic flavor, you have several options to add it to your homemade duchess potatoes.

  1. You can add garlic powder to your duchess potatoes mix. Don’t overdo it. Half of the teaspoon will do the job.
  2. Chop the garlic into tiny pieces, add olive oil and fresh cut parsley. Mix all in a cup, add a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle over the duchess potatoes.
  3. Create a paste with garlic and fresh basil with a touch of oil and pinch of salt. Place the thin layer of your paste on the bottom of the place and add warm duchess potatoes on top.
  • How to make Duchess potatoes with Instant potatoes?

It is also possible to make these amazing potatoes from the instant potatoes mix (I prefer the real potatoes for their flavor).

Make sure that you don’t add too much liquid when using the instant mix. If the mix is too liquidy it will be hard to obtain the swirl shape. Instead, you might get a flat pancake.

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Serves 20 - 25 Duchess potatoes

Homemade Duchess potatoes

Yields 6

This creamy homemade Duchess potatoes have become a real treat in my family and I believe your family will love them too. They are a perfect side dish or a warm appetizer.

5 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 500 grams of potatoes (I prefer yellow ones)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 70 grams of Parmesan cheese (fresh grated will have more intense flavor)
  • 50 grams of butter
  • 1/2 of tea spoon of Nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the potatoes in cold water with some salt (cook the potatoes with skin as that will help not to absorb too much water).
  2. Once cooked, let them cool down a bit before you peel them.
  3. Pass them through potatoes ricer (that will make them fluffy). If you don't have ricer you can use grater.
  4. Mix the potatoes with butter (use room temperature butter).
  5. Once butter is nicely soaked into puree add the grated Parmesan cheese,then nutmeg and egg yolks at the end. Stir all well.
  6. Once all ingredients have been mixed into puree add salt and pepper to your taste.
  7. The mix should be quite dry and compact.
  8. Place it into your piping bag.
  9. Turn the oven to 200C to start warming up.
  10. Take the baking paper, place it inside baking tray and make nice swirls in about 5 cm diameter.
  11. Bake the duchess potatoes for about 15 minutes (or until they become golden brown).
  12. Serve them immediately with your preferred main dish.



168 cal


13 g


6 g


7 g
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