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Tater Tree

Working as a chef, I use this recipe to make a seasonal side dish for Christmas meals. When St. Patrick's Day rolls around, instead of forming a green tree, I shape the potatoes into a shamrock. —Bradford Comstock, Durhamville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2/3 cup minced chives
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • Small piece sweet yellow pepper, diced sweet red pepper and chive pieces


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, place the chives and oil in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth.
  • Drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl; mash. Add the sour cream, salt, pepper and chive mixture; beat until blended. Keep warm.
  • Using a small star-shaped cookie cutter, cut a star out of the piece of yellow pepper. Spoon potatoes into a pastry bag with a medium star tip; pipe onto a serving platter in the shape of an evergreen tree. Place star at top of tree; sprinkle with red pepper for ornaments. Place chive pieces at base of tree for needles.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 373 calories, 29g fat (8g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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