These homemade Red Skin Mashed Potatoes are a great side dish recipe for any dinner idea! Made with just a few simple ingredients.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Making mashed potatoes with red skin is a great way to lend flavor to a simple and easy side dish recipe.
The skin of a red potato is thinner and more delicate than a russet potato, which makes the texture inside the mashed potatoes more subtle and pleasing as well.
Red potatoes cook relatively quickly without being cut up first which means this is a faster potato side dish with less effort!
These are the ingredients you need to make red skinned mashed potatoes:
- Red Potatoes
- Whole Milk
- Black Pepper
- Green Onions
This is the equipment you need for the recipe:
- Large Pot
- Potato Masher
- Measuring Cups
Heat a large pot of water over high heat.
When boiling, add the red potatoes, whole, to the water.
Cook on medium high until fork tender to the middle of the potatoes, about 25 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and return the empty pot back to the hot stove over medium high heat.
Add the milk and butter and heat until the milk is warm through.
It does not matter if the butter is melted or not!
Add the potatoes back in and mash to your desired consistency.
Add salt, black pepper, and the green onions. Mix to combine and season to taste as desired.
Modifications and Substitutions
Whole milk is best as it is thicker than others (skim, 2%, etc). You can use a different milk but may need to add a little more butter to get the same creaminess and richness.
leaving whole means less water absorption
cut for less boil time, but time added for cutting
If using unsalted butter, start with 1 teaspoon of salt instead.
You will need to cook for more or less time based on the size of your potatoes.
If your potatoes vary greatly in size, cut larger ones to be the approximate size of the smaller potatoes.
This comes down to preference. Red potatoes are waxy, which means they have less starch and more moisture.
Because of this, they make a great creamy mashed potato.
Milk adds moisture and creaminess.
It is not necessary! The red potatoes will cook relatively quickly without being cut, reducing prep time.
Boiling the potatoes whole with the skin on means less water will get into the potatoes.
And do not be afraid to add flavor! You might need more milk, butter, and/or salt and pepper than you might think to make them perfect.
To remove lumps, you can keep mashing the potatoes and the lumps will continuously get smaller. Or you can put them in a stand mixer and whip with the whisk attachment.
Red Skin Mashed Potatoes
- Heat a large pot of water over high heat until boiling.
- Add the potatoes and cook at medium high.3 pounds red potatoes
- Boil until fork tender in the middle of the potatoes, about 25 minutes.
- Drain in a colander and return empty pot to stove.
- Add the milk and butter to the empty pot and let cook over medium high heat until the milk is warm (butter can be melted or not, it is fine).¼ pound butter, 1 cup whole milk
- Add the potatoes back to the pot and turn off the heat.
- Mash with a potato masher to your desired consistency.
- Add the green onions, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Stir. Add more salt and pepper as desired. (Start with 1 teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter).2 green onions, black pepper, salt
- Serve warm.