Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Shallots

Serving Size: 12
Total Time:


  • 6 Pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered see Note
  • 4 clove peeled garlic
  • 2 cup canola oil
  • 6 large shallots, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 12 Tbsp 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • kosher salt


1. In a large pot, cover the quartered potatoes and garlic cloves with cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add the shallots in a single layer and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until they are golden, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shallots to paper towels to drain.

3. Drain the potatoes and garlic in a colander, shaking out the excess water. Add the half-and-half and butter to the pot and heat until melted. Remove from the heat. Press the potatoes and garlic through a ricer into the pot and season with salt. Stir and cook over moderate heat until very hot. Transfer the mashed potatoes to a bowl. Just before serving, sprinkle the shallots with salt and garnish the potatoes with the shallots.