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Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes, rustic, creamy, cheesy enhanced with fresh sage. The perfect side dish. Make up to a day ahead for easier entertaining.
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Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes ~ rustic smashed redskin potatoes blended with nutty brown butter and goat cheese. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed potatoes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound approximately red skin potatoes (Yukon are also delicious in this recipe)
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 2-3 cloves garlic whole
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage finely chopped + additional whole leaves for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash and cut the potatoes leaving the skins on and put them in a pot with just enough water to cover them.
  • Bring the water to a boil, add about ½ tablespoon of salt and the whole garlic cloves then cook until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, make the brown butter. 
  • Cut the butter into pieces then add to a skillet over medium heat. Stir the butter allowing it to melt evenly. You’ll see it start to foam ~ keep stirring constantly.
  • Add the chopped sage.
  • The foam will subside and the butter is finished when it becomes a light golden color with a nutty aroma. When it's finished, set it aside.
  • Drain the potatoes and discard the garlic cloves.
  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of brown butter and add the rest to the potatoes along with the milk and goat cheese. Mash using a potato masher. 
  • Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish, drizzle the last tablespoon of brown butter over the top and serve right away.
  • NOTE: see the body of this post for instructions on how to make Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes ahead of time.