Chestnut Mashed Potatoes

With this creamy Chestnut Mashed Potatoes with nutmeg and thyme, I am officially opening the season of festive food on this blog!

Hello, everyone. Yup, that’s correct Christmas time has arrived here. Some may say it’s a little too early, and I agree – I usually start posting festive recipes around American Thanksgiving. On the other hand, every year, 4 weeks or so aren’t just enough for all ideas, so I want to see how it goes with some extra time. Besides, December is always a hectic time for food bloggers, but I want to have one or two weekends in December just without any blogging, photographing, and even probably cooking (Some store-bought cookies and candies are delicious, too!) involved. I am not extremely optimistic about this, but that’s the plan as per today.

Besides, some of those festive recipes are not exceptionally Christmas but also would be a great addition to the American Thanksgiving celebration. Let’s say these Chestnut Mashed Potatoes. Perfect side dish, in my book!

Mashed Potatoes are a staple of the festive season (Particularly, Thanksgiving) while chestnuts are associated with Christmas. So, I decided to combine both things in one dish. Delicious! I jazzed it up with a hefty pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (Mmm…already so Christmassy, right?) and thyme. Of course, all this butter and milk (Cause we’re looking for a rich dish, right?); however, you can always substitute some water from boiling potatoes for milk to cut down on this richness. Indeed, I always add some of this liquid as it’s super fragrant.

And since the colour might tend to be a little greyish, I decided to spruce it up with some pomegranate seeds and thyme. After all, red and green against (relatively) white? That’s the Christmas spirit, my friends!

Okay, I hope you like this idea, and you’ll give this Chestnut Mashed Potatoes a try during the holiday season.

Cheers and see you soon!

Potato Chestnut Mash

Category: Christmas, Holidays, Side Dish, Thanksgiving Day


  • about 1,5 pounds of starchy potatoes (Like Russet or Yukon Gold), peeled and cut into few parts
  • about 300 gr. cooked and peeled chestnuts (I used vacuum packed)
  • 1 cup 2% milk (or You can substitute a part with the water)
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter + more to garnish
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme + more to garnish
  • 1/2 of freshly grated nutmeg + more to garnish
  • a good pinch of salt
  • pomegranate seeds, for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan heat the milk with 4 tbsp. of butter, until the butter is melted and the milk is hot (Don’t bring to a boil).
  2. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold, salted water by a few centimetres. Bring to a boil, reduce heat down to medium-low and allow to simmer until fork tender (about 15-20 minutes).
  3. Drain cooked potatoes reserving some water, if you wish to use it.
  4. Add the milk-butter mixture (or some reserved water) and mix just to slightly incorporate (*See notes).
  5. Add the chestnuts, and using a potato masher (**See the notes), mash until smooth and adding more liquid or butter if desired (that’s the good way to use up some of the water!)
  6. Stir in the thyme, nutmeg, and salt. Try and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  7. Serve sprinkled with some pomegranate arils, thyme, and more butter.
  8. Enjoy!


* Incorporate the liquid part gradually, in a few steps.  It’s easy to control the process and adjust the consistency to your liking.

**I don’t recommend using an electric device as it’s easy to overbeat the potatoes, and they will become gluey. A potato mash and your arms are the best tools!

6 thoughts on “Chestnut Mashed Potatoes

  1. I totally second the whole idea of having some time off during the holidays! (Indeed, I might have made a couple of Christmas recipes back in October just so I can schedule myself some days off.) But now I’m going to have to hit the kitchen again to make this dish. What a fun idea! I’ve roasted chestnuts before, but I’ve never used them in a mash. I’m totally intrigued by the flavor here…so I guess I’ll either need you to deliver, or I’ll need to make a batch myself. Looks delicious, my friend!
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  2. Nice idea to mix up creamy mash and chestnuts to make this potato chestnut mash Ben! I must admit I’ve already made our creamy mash for Christmas Day and it’s in the freezer. Ha ha! But I’ll remember this recipe for next year! Also I love your festive food photographs. That bowl is lovely as is that candle. Very Christmassy!
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