Mashed Potatoes with Herb-Infused Cream and Chives

Mashed Potatoes with Herb-Infused Cream and Chives is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10

This decadent side dish is the family recipe of one of our former Test Kitchen cooks—she even called her mom to get the ratios just right when writing it for us—and it has been one of our most popular potato recipes ever since. You can peel the potatoes the day before, then cover with cold water and refrigerate until ready to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 lb. (2.25 kg) russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 large fresh thyme sprig
  • 1 large fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. peppercorns
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) (4 oz./125 g) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 oz./15 g) chopped fresh chives

Directions:

Put the potatoes in a large pot, add water to cover by 3 inches (7.5 cm) and generously salt the water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes. Drain well in a colander.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cream, garlic, shallot, thyme sprig, rosemary sprig, bay leaf and peppercorns. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the cream is reduced to about 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml), 10 to 12 minutes. Strain the cream through a fine-mesh sieve and keep warm.

Working in batches, pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl. Add the butter, then gradually pour in the cream, stirring constantly until the potatoes are smooth and creamy. Stir in the chives and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Serves 8 to 10.

Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more boring mashed potatoes! I love mashed potatoes so I am pretty picky about the taste. This herb-infused recipe is so delicious with more sophisticated flavors than regular mashed potatoes. Yet, its super easy to make. Love it!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So tasty and amazing! I stumbled upon this back in 2012. Been making it every holiday season since then. it's a hit each time!
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mashed Potatoes Best ever, especially easy using the Oxo potato ricer. Made quick work for 5lbs. of potatoes. Gail-Seattle, WA
Date published: 2013-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious mashed potatoes! Best mashed potatoes we've ever had. Fresh, vibrant, and creamy. Will make this again.
Date published: 2013-11-28
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