Duchess Potatoes With A Gravy Filling Make The Perfect Side Dish

Delicious side dishes are a must for every Sunday roast dinner, but it can be a complicated affair. Either you rely on the classic, yet basic, staples, such as rice, baked potatoes, or pasta noodles, or you feel the need to whip up something seriously elaborate and out of your league. The following recipe shows you a surprising and simple method for a brilliant, yet easy-to-make, side that's guaranteed to shock and awe!

You'll need:

For the sauce:

  • oil for cooking
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 3½ fl oz red wine
  • 7 fl oz beef broth
  • 1½ tsp cornstarch
  • water

For the puréed potatoes: 

  • 3 lbs russet or Idaho potatoes, boiled
  • 3½ oz butter
  • 3½ oz crème fraîche
  • 4 egg yolks
  • salt & pepper
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • egg wash

Here's how:

1. Heat some oil in a pan and sweat the onion and carrot. Add the tomato paste and thyme and stir everything together. Pour in the red wine and bring to a boil before slightly reducing the heat and adding the beef broth. Cook for 20 minutes.

Mix the cornstarch with a bit of water, pour it into the sauce, and let the sauce come to a boil once more.

2. Pour the sauce through a sieve and evenly distribute the liquid amongst the molds in an ice cube tray. Place the tray in the freezer.

3. To make the mashed potatoes: mash the potatoes with a potato masher, add the butter, crème fraîche, egg yolks, and seasonings, and carefully stir everything together with a whisk. Then pour the purée into a piping bag with a star spout.

4. Pipe the mashed potatoes onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, as shown in the video. Add a the broth cube and then pipe more mashed potatoes over the top, until a slight tower is formed. Repeat this process until all of the potatoes and broth cubes have been used.

5. Freeze the pan for 30 minutes and then brush the potato towers with an egg wash consisting of a whisked egg.

6. Place the pan in a preheated oven set to 390°F and bake for 25 minutes.

Tip : Serve the gorgeous duchess potatoes together with glazed carrots as a side dish to beef tenderloin.

Of course, you can also prepare the filling creations as a main course, which should be particularly enjoyable for potato lovers. After all, the surprise inside is something everyone can enjoy.


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