With just the right amount of texture and creaminess, Skins on Mashed Potatoes will be a favorite on your next dinner menu, especially your Thanksgiving menu! Yes, I said texture. With the skins left on the potatoes, the mashed potatoes will be more rustic-looking and vibrant. I also have creamy Country Mashed Potatoes you will love!

Skins On Mashed Potatoes

Skins on Mashed Potatoes

To peel or not to peel, that is the question. Many people would say they want the creamiest, smoothest mashed potatoes possible, and I can’t help but agree! Leaving the skins on the potatoes saves you a lot of time and can add a little nutritional value, as well as some ‘character’. Potato skins have iron, potassium, and vitamins B and C. There is also a study on antioxidants in a potato, especially in the skin. The more color the potato (like the reds I used) the higher the antioxidant level!

I think I will be leaving the skins on my potatoes from now on! In fact, hold on while I make some Twice Baked Potatoes, skin on, of course!

Pouring Cream into Pot with Boiled Mashed Potatoes

What Kind of Potato is Best for Skins on Mashed Potatoes?

For Skins on Mashed Potatoes, I chose to use red potatoes. They will give more of a texture than a Yukon Gold potato, but you could go with either option. I do caution about using potatoes that are ‘young’ (picked in the spring or summer) because they can be a bit waxy and you will lose the rustic texture that I love in these potatoes.

If you really want to make an impression, try Purple Peruvian or Blue Potatoes! Remember all those antioxidants I mentioned earlier?!? Plus, all that color will bring some conversation to your table!

What To Serve With Skins On Mashed Potatoes

Skins-on mashed potatoes can be a delicious and nutritious side dish, and there are many options for what you can serve with them. Here are some ideas:

Bowl of Skins On Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Turkey Gravy on Top

How To Store Mashed Potatoes

Any leftover potatoes should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to 3-4 days.

Pot of Skins on Mashed Potatoes

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5 from 4 votes

Skins On Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
With the perfect blend of creaminess and texture, Skins on Mashed Potatoes are a rustic and colorful way to serve this popular side dish.



  • 6 pounds red potatoes, washed, quartered
  • 1 large pinch kosher salt

Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 cup (2 sticks / 227 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (120 g) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • To a large pot, add potatoes and a large pinch of salt. Fill with enough water to cover the potatoes. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • After the water has come to a boil, uncover and boil over medium-high heat until fork-tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Remove from heat.
  • Lightly mash the potatoes. Add the butter and cream. Mash until incorporated. Add salt and pepper.
  • Serve warm.


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  1. 5 stars
    I made skin on mashed potatoes tonight for dinner! However, I didn’t see this recipe until afterwards. Thankfully my method was almost the same except I added garlic & parsley to mine. So yummy!

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