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Caramel Potatoes

Tuukka Koski

Servings: 8

It may seem odd to cook potatoes in caramel, but they’re incredibly delicious, and Christmas dinner at our house wouldn’t be the same without them. The secret to this recipe is letting the potatoes simmer slowly and gently in the caramel, turning them every now and again, to coat them layer by layer.


  • 4-1/2 lb. baby potatoes (about 1 inch in diameter)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) salted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 410
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 100
  • Fat (g): 12
  • Saturated Fat (g): 7
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Cholesterol (mg): 30
  • Sodium (mg): 280
  • Carbohydrates (g): 73
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 4


  • Put the potatoes in a 6- to 8-quart pot, add cool water to cover and 1/4 cup salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to maintain a simmer and cook until the potatoes are just tender when pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and transfer to a baking sheet to cool slightly, about 20 minutes. Peel.
  • Put the sugar in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat and let it melt, stirring occasionally with a silicone spatula, about 6 minutes; it will be a medium amber color. Stir in the butter and 1/2 tsp. salt until the foam from the butter begins to subside, 1 to 2 minutes. The butter and caramel will be separate at this point.
  • Add the potatoes and stir once to coat. The caramel will seize and become stringy, but that’s OK. Use the spatula to push any hard bits of caramel to the bottom of the skillet so they can melt again; as the potatoes cook, the caramel will smooth out into a homogenous sauce. Adjust the heat to keep the caramel at a simmer and cook, occasionally turning the potatoes, until the caramel thickens and begins to coat them, about 20 minutes. Gently and constantly turn the potatoes until they are coated layer by layer with the caramel, 5 to 10 minutes more; there will still be a thin layer of caramel in the bottom of the skillet. Remove any potatoes that fall apart as you stir. Serve the potatoes with the caramel.

Make Ahead Tips

The potatoes can be cooked up to 1 day ahead; store at room temperature before finishing the caramel.


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