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To leave skin on my mash

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VogueVVague Fri 25-May-18 17:26:02

Cooking for 6 and making a cottage pie.

Really cant be fucked to peel all these potatoes. Would it be unreasonable to leave skins on?

snickledon Fri 25-May-18 17:27:37

Yabu. Boil potatoes, then peel off skins and then mash.

YouAreNotImportant Fri 25-May-18 17:28:05

Yes. I'd call 101 if you presented me with that.

DaphneDiligaf Fri 25-May-18 17:32:58


PanannyPanoo Fri 25-May-18 17:34:28

Peel them if you are going to mash them.
If you want to leave the skins on then slice them layer on the top and some dots of butter.

Meepmoop Fri 25-May-18 17:35:03

We always leave the skin on our mash, we call it rustic mash!

GorgeousJaws Fri 25-May-18 17:36:14

Definitely leave it on, it tastes more 'potato-y'.

NannyR Fri 25-May-18 17:36:34

I've started doing this after I saw it suggested on here. It's delicious and the kids I look after prefer it to "peeled mash". You get all the fibre and nutrients from the skin too.

pigsDOfly Fri 25-May-18 17:37:04

I did it once when I couldn't be bothered to peel them and it was only for me. It was horrible. Don't do it.

Crinkle77 Fri 25-May-18 17:38:34


SilverDoe Fri 25-May-18 17:39:15

I always leave the skin on my mash!! You can’t even notice them once cooked, it’s tasty and the skin of the potato is the most nutritious part smile

ToadOfSadness Fri 25-May-18 17:39:39

If you do it don't mash them, they are called 'crushed potatoes' so all you need to do is squash them, they are revolting though.

You could cook them and peel them or microwave them whole and peel them before mashing but proper mash is much nicer.

ThisIsTheFirstStep Fri 25-May-18 17:41:55

I always leave the skin on, you can’t even tell once it’s been mashed.

I hate peeling potatoes so I just don’t do it.

unintentionalthreadkiller Fri 25-May-18 17:42:06

Agree - you could do a crushed potato topping with skin but absolutely not mash. Urgh.

Vintagegoth Fri 25-May-18 17:46:08

We call them squashed potatoes.

AnneProtheroe Fri 25-May-18 17:47:32

It's rustic if you leave the skin on. Don't see a problem with it myself!

T00much Fri 25-May-18 17:47:33


MegEmski Fri 25-May-18 17:48:14

We always do mash with skin on. Yummy. Much more potato-ey and better for you

speakout Fri 25-May-18 17:50:44


We like smooth mash. I use a potato ricer.

Crushed potatoes are nice, as someone suggested sliced unpeeled potatoes with make a nice crispy topping, but sometimes smooth mash is called for.
You could bake them, scoop out the insides and mash that, but it would be as much trouble as peeling them.

Chwaraeteg Fri 25-May-18 17:52:31

I love skin on mash. It's better for you too.

MonkeysMum75 Fri 25-May-18 17:53:18

Leave the skins on and tell them its "smashed" potatoes instead of mashed - makes you sound posh wink

wonkylegs Fri 25-May-18 17:53:42

I have RA and find peeling very difficult so we always have mash with skins, lots of butter & pepper
I've never had any complaints, lots of times i've been asked for seconds and i've now been doing it for 20 years

DefinitelyOdd Fri 25-May-18 17:54:53

I hate peeling potatoes so all my mash is with the skin left on. Sometimes I even put grated carrot in there as well to really stick it to the man!

I pretend to my family that I do it for the vitamins and fibre. But mainly I am a lazy sod.

BlueJava Fri 25-May-18 17:56:08

If I want smooth mash I peel them. But just as nice is peel left on, then give them a light bash with butter/garlic/parsley in and put on top of meat.

Luisa27 Fri 25-May-18 18:01:11

Are they Jersey Royaks? Or even a nice Maris Piper? If so leave skin on and then lightly ‘crush’ with a fork - and season well delicious on top of cottage pie 👌

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