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Caramelized Scallion Mashed Potatoes

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Caramelized Scallion Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Scallion Mashed Potatoes
New Media Publishing / Photography: Flat Art / Stylist: Abigail Donnelly
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A long, slow turn in a bath of rich butter completely transforms the scallions, making these mashed potatoes into something special.


  • 5 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 bunches scallions, chopped (4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Put potatoes in a large heavy pot with enough cold, well-salted water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a simmer and simmer potatoes until tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • While potatoes simmer, cook scallions in 1 stick of butter in a large heavy skillet over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until scallions are deep golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Drain potatoes in a colander, then return to cooking pot with remaining 4 tablespoons butter and half-and-half, then mash to desired consistency with a potato masher. Stir in scallions with melted butter, salt, and pepper and serve.