Truffle Mashed Potatoes are the ultimate decadent side dish recipe! Perfect for a special occasion, or for Thanksgiving or your Christmas feast. Everyone will remember and be talking about this recipe, there's something special about real truffles.
What are Truffles?
Truffles are like underground mushrooms that attach themselves to the roots of certain trees. They are earthy and musky, and these ones were quite nutty. Although they're a fungus, they don't taste like mushrooms. They are usually hard to find, and therefore usually expensive.
There are a few different types of truffles and different truffle seasons. Burgundy and White Truffles usually grow September to December. Winter Black Perigold Truffles grow December to March, and Summer Truffles grow from May to August. Of course, they are flown all over the world. Here in Australia, Black Perigold Truffles are in season in from June to September. Perfect timing for a Christmas in July dinner.
As I mentioned, truffles are usually pretty expensive. They aren't an everyday meal but something you want to enjoy for a special occasion. People don't think twice about spending money on an expensive bottle of wine for a special occasion. That's the same idea when planning ahead to enjoy truffles. I went on a Truffle Hunt, check out my Truffle Hunt video and easy truffle recipe.
Can I use Truffle Oil for Mashed Potatoes?
Sure, it's possible to buy truffle infused oil to make mashed potatoes, except for one problem. Majority of truffle oils aren't infused with real truffles, but use truffle flavoring that simulates the taste of truffles. I think people are surprised to find out there are chemically enhanced flavored truffle oils, but it's true. Plus those fake flavored oils aren't very cheap too! For that reason alone, you want to use real truffles when making mashed potatoes.
Is Truffle Mashed Potatoes Expensive to Make?
Truffle Mashed Potatoes are a decadent recipe, one that you will make for special occasions. A 1 oz truffle is all you need for this recipe, which is 28 grams. But there are ways to make this recipe cost less.
- zest the truffle to make it go further (instead of slicing)
- use half an ounce for mashed potatoes, and save the rest for a Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich or over your scrambled eggs
- buy Truffle Butter instead of fresh truffle
How to Make Truffle Mashed Potatoes
Everyone has their own go-to mashed potatoes recipe. My favorite is my Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, always a winner at my place with a strong garlic kick. However, I find the garlic overpowers the truffles. You want a simple and creamy mashed potato recipe without any competing flavors.
I'm not going to tell you how to boil mashed potatoes, the recipe is simple and universal to make. However, this isn't a low fat mashed potatoes recipe. Remember, truffles love fat, and this recipe won't disappoint. It uses ½ cup of butter and ½ cup of whipping cream, whipped into the mashed potatoes.
Can Truffle Mash Potatoes Be Made in Advance?
This might surprise people, but I say YES! This is handy when you are preparing a large meal for Thanksgiving or for Christmas. It's easy to make this in advance, place in a slow cooker on the lowest setting. It's a timesaver that allows you prepare ahead, but also give more time for the truffles to infuse through the mashed potatoes. Remember to keep the lid of the slow cooker on to keep the truffle flavor and heat in!
The only warning about preparing Truffle Mash in advance is that you lose some of the theatre of zesting the truffles in front of your guests. Also, when you keep mashed potatoes warm in a slow cooker, you lose the fluffiness of your potatoes. It becomes a bit more liquid because of the heat, and doesn't hold it's shape. So you get to decide, is saving time worth it?
- when mashing potatoes, add a few cloves of roasted garlic into the mash
- ensure all the water is drained from the potatoes, water makes the potatoes less fluffy
- throw in a handful of grated parmesan cheese
- keep the potato skins on, for a more rustic mashed potato
- double the recipe to feed more people, you don't need to double the truffle, this will be enough for more potatoes
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So if you're looking for a recipe to make you special dinner a little bit fancy, you've come to the right place. A new sweet potato casserole recipe won't be as memorable as introducing your guests to creamy Mashed Potatoes with Real Truffles! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
- 1 oz truffle 28 grams
- 2 lbs /1kg potato
- ½ cup whipping cream
- ½ cup butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- Peel the potatoes and place in a pot. Cover the potatoes will water and cook for about 20 minutes, or until they are tender but not falling apart.
- Drain the potatoes and place into a mixing bowl. Start with a masher to break up the potatoes. Mix in the butter and whipping cream. Using a mixer, whip the potatoes until they are 'whipped' and fluffy. Season with salt and pepper.
- Grate the whole truffle into the mashed potatoes and mix. Save some to truffles to garnish when placing into the serving bowl.