- Put the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer over medium-heat and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 30 minutes.
- While the potatoes are cooking sauté the shallots in olive oil until caramelized and nicely browned.
- Drain the potatoes and add the butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste; mash with a potato masher or fork. Spoon the potatoes into a serving dish and top with the caramelized shallots.