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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Brown Butter and Sage Mashed Potatoes

Yes, yes, yes, a new staple for our holiday meals! If you don't already have a potato dish picked out for your Christmas feast you are going to want to use this one! The browned butter and sage are a PERFECT accent for the potatoes. 

In fact brown butter almost sends me into a food coma...seriously! The smell of butter browning on the stove is crazy intoxicating and makes me want to  stick a straw in the pan and start slurping it up Paula Dean style!

Brown Butte and Sage Mashed Potatoes

3 pounds red new potatoes
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste

Cut your potatoes into fourths and place into a large pot of well salted boiling water. Let boil until potatoes are very tender, around 20-25 minutes. Once potatoes are tender drain the water out of the pot leaving the potatoes. While your potatoes are boiling place your butter in a pan over medium heat. Once your butter starts to get bubbly and frothy do not take your eyes off of it. Your butter will start to turn caramel brown in color and once you start to smell that rich, sweet and nutty flavor immediately remove your pan from the heat and pour the butter over your potatoes. The way I always know when my butter is ready is when it just about stops bubbling, then I take it off the burner. Add your cream and sage and mash your potatoes. Depending on how you like the texture of your potatoes you may wish to add more cream at this point. Add salt and pepper to taste and your ready to eat!!


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