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Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

These Red Skin Mashed Potatoes come together in under 30 minutes and only need 6 ingredients. No peeling required to make your new favorite creamy mashed potatoes!

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Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Red Skin Mashed Potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes simply for the reason that they come together quickly and without much effort.

You can make them with limited seasonings or even add cheese, sour cream and bacon for some loaded mashed potatoes. Either way – they’ll be a hit!

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quartered red potatoes

Why should I use red skin potatoes?

Red skin potatoes are one of my favorite kinds of potatoes for both their flavor and their texture. Their peel only adds to the flavor meaning less work to the end product!

They also have a more waxy texture that holds up well when boiled meaning they won’t end up gritty when they’re done.

Do I need to peel the potatoes?

If you’re using red skin potatoes, I recommend not peeling them! The peel adds a nice texture and bite to the mashed potatoes.

If you’re using a different kind of potato or like having very smooth and not chunky mashed potatoes, you may want to peel the potatoes.

red skin mashed potatoes with diced green onions sprinkled on top

Should I boil the potatoes whole?

To reduce the cooking time, try quartering the potatoes. It lowers the overall thickness of the potato meaning that the heat can cook through the potato much faster.

If you’re cooking them whole, you’ll want to add a few more minutes to ensure the middle is cooked through all the way.

How long should I boil the potatoes?

To ensure that the potatoes are fork tender and cooked through, be sure to cook the quartered potatoes for at least 10-15 minutes.

Whole potatoes may need a few extra minutes depending on their size. Using a fork or sharp knife while they’re still cooking is a good way to measuring their doneness.

What should I use to mash the potatoes?

A potato masher is a great way to do it by hand to leave a few pieces in tact adding to the overall texture of the mashed potatoes.

If you’re looking for creamy potatoes, I like to use a hand mixer or Kitchen-aid mixer with a paddle attachment.

If neither of those things are an option, you’d be surprised how creamy you can get your potatoes with just a wooden spoon!

a bowl of red skin mashed potatoes with green onions

How should I season the potatoes?

To keep it pretty simple and to highlight the flavor of the potatoes themselves, using salt and pepper alone is always a good option.

The flavor of the butter and heavy cream will make it rich to begin with so not much else is needed.

Green onions or chives add a nice, crisp bite to them as well which is always one of my favorite additions to mashed potatoes.

Looking for other potato dishes to try? How about one of these:

an overhead shot of red skin mashed potatoes and a few stalks of green onions next to a striped napkin

Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Red Skin Mashed Potatoes come together in under 30 minutes and only need 6 ingredients. No peeling required to make your new favorite creamy mashed potatoes!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. red skin potatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 tsp. salt, plus more for water
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2-3 stalks green onions, diced

Instructions

  1. Add potatoes to a pot and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, remove the lid and add a pinch of salt.
  2. Let boil for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain the water from the potatoes and add the potatoes back to the pot.
  3. Increase heat to medium high and stir potatoes around to help dry them out. Turn off heat and lightly mash the potatoes.
  4. Add in butter, heavy cream, salt, and pepper and stir until incorporated and butter is melted. Mash until you reach your desired consistency. Stir in green onions, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

Nutrition provided is only an estimate.

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