Browned Butter & Scallion Mashed Potatoes

Brown-Butter-Scallion-Mashed-PotatoesHi, it’s Colleen here today with what I think are the BEST Mashed Potatoes AND something fun and exciting for YOU!

With just 6 days left until Easter, many of us are planning what to serve or bring to the big dinner, as well as how to decorate and add the extra touches that make our holidays memorable. My friend Heather (Real: The Kitchen and Beyond) and I (Souffle Bombay) gathered 26 bloggers to share some of their Easter Entertaining Ideas with you! From Jelly Bean Trees to a Giant Deviled Egg, we’ve got you covered!

To make this even more memorable, we have some amazing giveaways for two lucky readers! There are prizes from John Boos (maker of incredible cutting boards, butcher blocks and more), The Spice House (my favorite on-line destination and THE place for amazing spices), Wilton Armetale (maker of both beautiful and functional serving and grill ware), Divine Chocolates, (a fair trade, farmer-owned chocolate company) & The Tree Hut (natural body products that do what they say!) Follow along via #AllThingsEaster on social media this week, and visit our Pinterest Board “All Things Easter” for more ideas.

I spied these a-mazing Browned Butter & Scallion Mashed Potatoes years ago in a Bon Appetit Magazine, and I instantly HAD to make them. One of my brothers was skeptical the Easter I first made them, but he was soon converted…not a single smidgen was left and I made 10 pounds!

Everyone loves mashed potatoes right? For holidays I think its fun to change them up into something a little more special, something you remember and maybe associate with that meal or holiday. These do just that for me. You take your first bite and you’re like, ummm ok, something is different. Then you quickly take another and another, and in a minute you’re reaching for the serving spoon to add more to your plate. Every time you find one of the wilted scallion pieces, your mind, tongue and tummy do a happy dance! The browned bitter bits take this to a different level. These potatoes really are spectacular…simple yet spectacular!

Browned Butter & Scallion Mashed Potatoes
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Recipe type: Side Dishes
Serves: 6-8
  • 5 pounds potatoes such as Yukon Gold or Russett, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1½ sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 bunches scallions, cut crosswise into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon or more of black pepper
  1. Cover potatoes with cold water in a heavy pot and add 1 teaspoons salt to the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, melt butter in a heavy skillet over moderately high heat, stirring frequently and scraping up brown bits, until foam subsides and butter is golden brown (but be careful not to burn it), about 8 minutes. Add scallions and pepper and cook, stirring, until scallions become wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes in a colander, shaking until mostly dry. Force potatoes through a potato masher or return them to the pot and mash hot potatoes with a potato masher.
  4. Fold browned butter mixture, milk and sour cream into the mashed potatoes season with salt and serve.
  5. Tips: In place of the scallions you could substitute shallots or minced sweet onion. You can also add in crispy bacon or pancetta to take these potatoes over the top!

What is the dish that makes your Easter or favorite holiday memorable?

Check out all the posts in this fun, delicious and creative #AllThingsEaster event. The Rafflecopter giveaway widget is at the end of the post.

Ideas for Leftover Easter Eggs

Giant Deviled Egg | Souffle Bombay

Easter Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Easter Breakfast Casserole | How I Pinch A Penny

Baked French Toast | O’Boy! Organic

Dutch Baby | The Naughty Mommy

Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

Scallion & Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes | Musings of a Housewife

Baked Cheesy Broccoli & Rice Casserole | We’re Parents!?

Cheesy Potato Casserole | Coupon Cutting Mom

Easter Dessert Recipe Ideas

Peanut Butter Eggs | Real: The Kitchen & Beyond

Toasted Angel Food Cake Parfait | What the Heck’s a Bonbon?

Allergy Friendly Cookies | Chockababy

Individual Lemon Meringues | Pandora’s Deals

Peeps in the Pond Trifle | Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Rice Krispie Pops/Chocolate Covered Pretzels | A Grande Life

Easter Cocktail Recipe Ideas

Raspberry Beer Float | Teaspoon of Spice

The Peter Cottontail Cocktail | Can’t Google Everything

Bunnytail-tini | Mommy Snapped 

Easter Decorating Ideas

Easter Printable | Diapered Daze and Knights

Easter Centerpiece | The Vintage Mom

Jellybean Tree Centerpiece | Look What Mom Found

Easter Gift Ideas

Allergy Friendly Non-Toxic Easter Basket | Mom-Blog    

Naturally Dyed Wooden Easter Eggs | Inspired Family

Sugar Free Easter Basket Ideas | philly fun 4 kids

Easter Fun

5 Easter Activities for Kids | Mama Teaches

Pretzel Fun for Family | Homeroom at Home

Taking Great Easter Photos | Life with Kaishon

Frugal Easter Basket Ideas & Menu

Frugal Easter Ideas | Centsible Life

Easter Egg Pass | A Life in Balance

And now for a fabulous giveaway! The kids aren’t going to be having all the fun this Easter. Two of you will win one of the amazing prizes below.

One of you will win this a-mazing Signature Spice Box Set from the Spice House (wait till you try the Vulcan’s Fire Salt!) as well as this incredibly gorgeous John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Stainless Steel Handles…it has handles! Swoon! 

Prize Pack #1

And one of you will win a delicious Bakers Spice Box from the Spice House (the Chicago Sugar will change your life!), this gorgeous set of decadent chocolates from Divine Chocolate, this beautiful Egg Tray from Wilton Armetale and this awesome Tree Hut Duo of Shea Body Lotion and Sugar Scrub – time to pamper yourself!

Prize Pack #2

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We would like to give a huge thank you to the companies that made this give away possible! Thank you to John Boos for the beautiful maple cutting board, The Spice House for their spice and baking gift sets, Divine Chocolate for their luxuriously rich Fair Trade Chocolate gift basket, Wilton Armetale for the elegant egg plate, and Tree Hut for the body scrub and lotion.

Enjoy your holiday!


  1. Heather M says

    I love mashed potatoes and this is an awesome twist on a classic. Brown butter on mashed potatoes is ALWAYS good.

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