Brúnaðar Kartöflur – Caramelised Potatoes

A classic side dish in Iceland, these butter-and-sugar-glazed potatoes are ubiquitous on many Icelandic Christmastime tables and are traditionally considered a delightful addition to a roasted shoulder of lamb.
Brúnaðar Kartöflur - Caramelised Potatoes
Cuisine: Icelandic
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 servings
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  • 900 g small waxy potatoes
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Boil potatoes in a 6 litre saucepan of water until tender, 12–15 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes; let them sit in the colander for about 5 minutes to dry out and then peel
  3. Add sugar and 2 tablespoons water to pan; simmer over medium-high until syrup is golden, 6–8 minutes.
  4. Stir in butter and potatoes; cook until glazed, about 5 minutes.


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