browned butter mashed potatoes

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I’ve had the house to myself today. A quiet house is such a nice place to just be. I  listened to Norah Jones, Zooey Dechanel, M. Ward, Willie Nelson, Bing, Frank, Nat and Ella serenade me with Christmas carols as I began decorating the house for Christmas. I’m taking it slow this year. One room at a time, cleaning and polishing and putting Autumn things away as I excavate the attic for our Christmas things. Today I decorated the fireplace mantle. I went through my over-full linen hutch in search of white lace doilies and found quite a pile of them in a drawer. I just love the overall effect of how it turned out. I’ll post some photos of that soon.

Now I’m off to share a pot of tea with Gracie and to watch “Little Women.” I’m working on a ripple afghan and I’m pleased with it so far. I’m using a thin, silk blend yarn and a smallish hook, so it’ll take awhile, but that’s okay. I love the lazy yarn projects that I can pick up in the evenings and sort of work on all winter. The colors are creamy white and a powdery blue. Dreamy…

Here’s a yummy recipe for you. I just love mashed potatoes, don’t you? the quintessential Holiday comfort food. The browned butter makes this particular recipe sing. Caramely and rich and oh- soooooo good!

(serves 6)

3 to 4  lb. unpeeled, red potatoes, quartered

1/3 to 1/2 cup sour cream (adjust as necessary)

3 oz. Romano cheese

1 to 2 teaspoons fresh, minced garlic

2 teaspoons horseradish

1 Tablespoon dried parsley leaves

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 stick of butter, cooked in a skillet until golden brown

coarse sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Bring large pot of potatoes, covered with water, to boil. Cook until tender (about 45 minutes.) Drain well. Place in a large mixing bowl. Mix with the sour cream, cheese, garlic, horseradish, parsley and onion. Mash with a potato masher or electric mixer. Add a little buttermilk or whole milk if the potatoes seem too thick, and to make the mashing a bit easier, if you wish.

Transfer potatoes to individual serving bowls and drizzle some of the browned butter over each serving. Salt and pepper to taste.



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  57 comments for “browned butter mashed potatoes

  1. Tamara Bako
    November 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    These look absolutely scrumptious!!!! Definitely on my menu for Christmas! They will be perfect for my prime rib! Thank you!!!

    • Melissa
      November 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Tamara! so pleased you like the recipe! enjoy 🙂

  2. November 30, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Wow! This is like a revolutionary way to serve mashed potatoes! I cannot wait to try it!!

    • Melissa
      November 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Enjoy, and thanks for visiting Hilljean 🙂

  3. Gigi
    November 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    This mashed potato recipe might qualify as a entree (no sides required!). 🙂

    • Melissa
      December 1, 2012 at 1:42 am

      I think you’re right Gigi 🙂 enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

      March 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Mashed Potatoes of any kind are good ANY TIME ~~~ GIGI is 100.0% on the mark… Thanks ~~~

      • Melissa
        March 21, 2016 at 6:21 pm

        Yay! So happy you like the recipe, Susan 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! XO ~M

  4. toni
    December 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Those look amazing, I just loved reading what you wrote too! Can’t wait to see the pictures.

    • Melissa
      June 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks, Toni! 🙂

  5. Sandi H.
    December 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I made this many years ago & now I want to go back to it. It’s a “hit” always!! Thanks!

    • Melissa
      June 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm


  6. Sandi H.
    December 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I made this many years ago & now I want to go back to it. It’s always a “hit”

    • Melissa
      December 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      so pleased you like the recipe~ enjoy! 🙂

  7. Deb Marrett
    January 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    You have my dishes:-)

    • Melissa
      January 30, 2013 at 1:34 am

      hee hee…well, only a set of 4 finger bowls in this pretty pattern 🙂 xo

  8. M Hitze
    February 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Love your bowl I’ve collected courier and Ives for 40 years and love to see them pop up in a new spot!

    • Melissa
      February 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks so much! yes, this is a cute pattern. 🙂 xoxo

  9. Terrie
    May 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    OMG these look so good. I must try them!

    • Melissa
      June 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Terrie! Enjoy! these are a favorite in our house! 🙂 xo and thanks for visiting!

  10. Dale Borchers
    June 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

    This sounds really yummy, but what really drew my attention was the Currier and Ives bowl! My grandmother had that same collection and I was lucky to get them & I love them!

    • Melissa
      June 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Dale! So happy you like the recipe (and the dishes!) I collect blue and white china in all patterns, and only have a few pieces of the Currier & Ives 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  11. June 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I usually only eat mashed potatoes in the fall and winter but I don’t even care that the hot weather is coming, I need these in my life. ASAP.

    • Melissa
      June 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Hee hee 🙂 enjoy!

  12. Cheri
    June 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Had these for dinner tonight with salad. So good!!!

    • Melissa
      June 15, 2013 at 4:59 am

      Hi Cheri! So pleased you liked them! Thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂 xo

  13. Melissa
    June 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    We have the same dishes!!

    • Melissa
      June 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Hi there! Love these dishes! thanks for visiting 🙂 xo

  14. Judy
    October 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I grew up eating Cauliflower with browned butter. I recently found out that browned butter on freshly popped corn is awesome, that was an accident as I was melting the butter in a pot that was to hot. I can’t wait to try mashed potatoes with it!!

    • Melissa
      October 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      ooooooh! I’ve never tried it on popcorn! awesome idea, Judy! thanks for stopping by 🙂 enjoy those potatoes. You’re in for a treat!

  15. November 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    These potatoes look incredible! Great recipe and great picture!

    • Melissa
      November 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks, Paula! Enjoy 🙂

  16. Lauren
    December 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I was thinking of a new twist on twice baked potatoes to go with prime rib…. The thought of using your mashed potatoes as a filling has definitely intrigued me, but do you think it would be too rich of a pairing?

    • Melissa
      December 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I think that sounds fabulous, Lauren! 🙂

  17. December 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

    This is fabulous, Meeeweeesah…I’m thinking Christmas EVE dinner…w/the NYstrips!! xoxo

    • Melissa
      December 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      YAY! I’m so glad you like this recipe, Ally! enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas! XOXOXO

  18. reem ali
    December 21, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Omg we have the same plates..
    My mom bought them from the US before I was even borned•_•
    All whats left of it is couple of plates and a cup:(

    Could u pls tell me where did u get them from?
    It would be an amazing gift for her <3

    • Melissa
      December 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Hello! I wish I could tell you where I bought these… I believe it was at a second hand store or an antique shop. 😉 xoxo

  19. Dolores
    February 12, 2014 at 10:38 am

    What do you mean by brown butter?

    • Melissa
      February 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Dolores… you brown the butter by putting it in a skillet and cooking it over low heat until it turns an amber/brown color. Hope this helps. 🙂

  20. lindsey freng
    September 15, 2014 at 10:28 am

    These look amazing!!! Will have to try this week. 🙂

  21. Carole Darroch
    September 21, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Instead of putting these in indivual bowls could you prepare them in one casserole dish as I woul like to take it to a pot luck? They sound sooooo yummy, compared to plain mashed potatoes . Thanks in advance.

  22. Christine Mclaughlin
    December 21, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Do you have to have the horseradish?

  23. Linda
    December 21, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Do you use/recommend salted or unsalted butter for the browned butter?

    • Melissa
      December 21, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Linda 🙂 I use unsalted.

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