Pomme Duchesse

Pomme Duchesse is a dish that brings a touch of sophistication to any meal, combining simple ingredients to create something truly special. These piped potato swirls are not only a feast for the eyes but also offer a creamy, buttery texture that melts in your mouth.

platter of pomme duchesse

Chef’s Tips

  • Dry Potatoes Are Key: Make sure your potatoes are as dry as possible before mashing to avoid a watery mixture.
  • Piping Bag: If you don’t have a piping bag with a star tip, a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off can work in a pinch, though the result might not be as intricate.
  • Golden Perfection: Keep an eye on the oven during the last few minutes of baking to ensure the potatoes reach that perfect shade of golden without burning.


bowl of potatoes and ingredients to make pomme duchesse
  • 2 lbs. yellow potatoes: Known for their creamy texture and buttery flavor, making them ideal for this dish.
  • 3 egg yolks: Help bind the mixture and add richness.
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream: Adds silkiness and moisture to the potatoes.
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter: Enhances flavor and contributes to the golden crust when baked.
  • ½ tsp salt: For seasoning.
  • ½ tsp black pepper: Adds a slight kick.


  • Dairy-Free: For a dairy-free version, substitute the butter with a plant-based alternative and the heavy cream with coconut cream.
  • Egg-Free: Omit the egg yolks. The potatoes won’t be as rich but will still be delicious.


Preparing the Potatoes

  1. Boil: Start with boiling salted water. Peel and chunk the potatoes, then boil until fork-tender.
  2. Drain and Cool: After boiling, let the potatoes sit for about 5 minutes; this step ensures they’re dry and fluffy.
cutting board with sliced potatoes
pot of boiled and chopped potatoes

Making the Mixture

  1. Mash: Combine the cooked potatoes with heavy cream, salt, pepper, and half the butter. Aim for a smooth consistency.
  2. Enrich: Stir in the egg yolks carefully to avoid over-mixing, which could make the mixture too dense.
bowl of chopped potatoes surrounded by ingredients to season
mashed up potatoes in a bowl

Piping and Baking

  1. Pipe: With a star-tipped piping bag, create beautiful swirls on a baking tray.
  2. Glaze: Brush the remaining melted butter over the swirls for a glossy finish.
  3. Bake: Oven-bake until they turn a delightful golden brown.
piping potato mixture onto baking sheet
brushing butter on top of the piped potato mixture on baking sheet

Storage and Reheating

  • Storage: If you have leftovers, they can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
  • Reheating: Warm them in the oven to preserve the crisp exterior. Microwaving is not recommended as it can soften the crust.
hand holding a pomme duchesse with bite taken out


Can I use a different type of potato?

While yellow potatoes are preferred for their flavor and texture, russets can also be used as an alternative.

How do I achieve the perfect swirls?

Practice piping on a plate first. Consistent pressure and a steady hand will create the most beautiful swirls.

Can I prepare Pomme Duchesse in advance?

Yes, you can pipe the potatoes onto the tray and refrigerate them for a few hours before baking. Just add a few minutes to the baking time.

Pomme Duchesse

Sea Salt Savorings
These piped potato swirls are not only a feast for the eyes but also offer a creamy, buttery texture that melts in your mouth.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 193 kcal


  • 2 lbs. yellow potatoes
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • Start by boiling a medium pot of water with a dash of salt.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them in fours or chunks.
  • Cook the potatoes for about 25 minutes, or until fork tender.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking tray with nonstick spray.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them, and let them cook off for about 5 minutes. Then add to a medium sized bowl.
  • To the bowl of potatoes, add the heavy cream, salt, pepper, and half of the butter. Put the remaining butter aside.
  • Mash the potatoes until smooth.
  • Add the egg yolks and mash some more, but make sure not to overdo it.
  • Put the mashed potatoes in a piping bag with a star tip.
  • Pipe the potatoes onto the prepared baking tray like an ice cream swirl.
  • Then melt the remaining butter in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and brush it onto the potatoes.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy


Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 421IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates, for exact values consult a nutritionist.

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