2000s Recipes + Menus

Chive and Parsley Mashed Potatoes

Serves8 to 10
  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:1 1/4 hr
November 2002
White mashed potatoes may seem boring once you’ve tried these striking chive- and parsley-infused ones. View more modern classics that are just like mom’s, except better.

For chive and parsley oil

  • 1 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For mashed potatoes

  • 5 lb yellow-fleshed potatoes such as Yukon Gold
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper

Make oil:

  • Purée chives and parsley with oil and salt in a blender until smooth. Pour herb oil through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass measure, pressing on and discarding solids.

Prepare potatoes:

  • Peel and quarter potatoes. Cover potatoes with salted cold water by 1 inch in a 5-quart heavy pot, then simmer, uncovered, until very tender, about 25 minutes.
  • While potatoes are simmering, bring milk, butter, salt, and pepper just to a simmer, stirring until butter is melted.
  • Drain potatoes in a colander and return to pot. Add hot milk mixture and mash with a potato masher until almost smooth, then stir in 4 tablespoons herb oil.
  • If desired, serve potatoes drizzled with some of remaining oil.
Cooks’ notes:
  • Oil can be made 4 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before using.
  • Potatoes can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before reheating in a microwave or double boiler, stirring occasionally.
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