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The hardest line cook job I ever had was at the Carnelian Room, where on a busy night I'd prepare over 250 steaks and chops. The biggest challenge was frying French potato puffs to order. Called pommes dauphine, it's one of the finest foods ever invented. To save your kitchen from that deep fryer smell, I wanted to try a baked version. I was very happy with the results. Even though they weren't as dark and crispy as the fried version, the inside was virtually identical. Enjoy these as a warm snack with a dip, or to go alongside some eggs or grilled steak.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
45 mins
10 mins
1 hr 15 mins
24 small baked potato puffs


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
For the Pastry Dough:


Instructions Checklist
  • Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Set aside.

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Butter 24 mini muffin cups.

  • Combine water and butter in a saucepan over medium heat and season with salt. Heat until butter melts and starts to bubble. Stir in flour until mixture pulls away from the pan and comes together into a dough.

  • Transfer pastry dough to a bowl. Spread in the bowl and let cool, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs using a spatula until dough is very soft and sticky. Add 2 cups of the mashed potatoes and mix until well combined. Add a pinch of salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Give it one last mix.

  • Scoop potato dough into the greased muffin cups.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and puffed, about 20 minutes. Let rest for 1 minute before removing puffs onto a wire rack. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve warm.

Chef's Notes:

Russet potatoes also work in this. Feel free to play around with the ratio of potato to dough. With less potato, it might taste something like a potato-flavored doughnut or fritter. A higher concentration of potato makes the final product more like a deep-fried potato.

You can include any add-ins to the dough, like bacon or scallions, during the final mix.

Feel free to deep-fry or shallow-fry the batter as well, at around 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

45 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 4.8g; fat 2.4g; cholesterol 20.6mg; sodium 37.2mg. Full Nutrition