Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes

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  • Mix up your mashed potatoes for the holidays with this easy Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes recipe! They’re so flavorful you’ll never want basic mashed potatoes again!

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    I first made and shared these Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes years ago (with yellow onions) and let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty, but oh they’re so good! So if you’re looking to mix up your mashed potatoes, this is just the recipe for you!

    caramelized shallot mashed potatoes

    Shallots are type of onion that are rich and sweet – they are not as strong as a yellow, red or white onion and have less crunch, which makes them perfect for caramelizing. I use shallots in a lot of my recipes because they add so much flavor!

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    It takes just a few minutes to caramelize shallots in butter and really elevates mashed potatoes. Whether this is the only dish you make for Thanksgiving or you need a simple dish that really stands out, you’ll love these Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes!

    They’re made with butter, shallots, garlic, milk, and yukon gold potatoes.

    How to Make the Best Mashed Potatoes

    Believe it or not, I boil potatoes in their skins. It’s not only a time saver, but it protects the potatoes from absorbing too much water. Boiling potatoes in their skin makes them so creamy!

    Allow them to cool a few minutes and they’ll fall right out of their skins! Easy peasy!

    How to Make Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes

    caramelized shallot

    Caramelize shallots over medium heat until golden brown. You can read more about the process and watch my easy video for how to caramelize onions here.

    Add garlic and reduce to low heat to avoid the garlic browning. When garlic browns, it becomes bitter in flavor.

    Salt and pepper to taste.

    caramelized shallot mashed potatoes

    They’re truly so easy – just one additional step for a lot of additional flavor! No boring mashed potatoes here!

    If you want an alternative to Mashed Potatoes, you’ll love my Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe {Cauliflower Garlic Mashed Potatoes}!

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    Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes

    Mix up your mashed potatoes for the holidays with this easy Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes recipe! They're so flavorful you'll never want basic mashed potatoes again!

    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword easy side, mashed potatoes, side, side dish, starch, thanksgiving
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes
    Servings 8


    • 3 Tbsp butter
    • 6 large shallots about 1 c caramelized
    • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
    • 1/4 c milk
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes


    1. Place potatoes in large saucepan. Add cool water to cover potatoes by 1 1/2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. 

      Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 15-20 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, over medium heat, melt butter and add shallots. Cook until golden brown.

    3. Reduce heat to low, add garlic stirring for 1 minute.

    4. Remove skins from slightly cooled potatoes and add to a mixing bowl.

    5. Add milk and mix until smooth. Blend in caramelized shallot.

    6. Salt and pepper to taste.

    Recipe Notes

    Optional: garnish with fresh grated parmesan, gruyere or minced chives

    Salt and pepper using fresh cracked salt and pepper with large flakes for the best flavor.


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