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bowls of Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Regular mashed potatoes are taken up a notch with the addition of brown butter in these Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes.



  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 4 lbs. yellow Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the butter in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter begins to turn golden brown, about 6-8 minutes. Remove immediately from the heat and pour butter into a bowl.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add 2 teaspoons of the salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the potatoes are tender, drain and return to the pot.
  3. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until you reach your desired consistency. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the browned butter, and add the remaining to the potatoes, along with the buttermilk, milk and remaining salt. Season with pepper, and more salt if needed.
  4. Transfer potatoes to a serving dish and drizzle with the reserved brown butter.

Recipe Notes:

slightly adapted from Southern Living 2007 Annual Recipes