Red skin mashed potatoes are so delicious. Most of us are used to peeled potatoes, so this can be a unique way of enjoying mashed potatoes. This is the perfect recipe for a side dish, and it goes so well with a number of main dishes. 

Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? They are fluffy, smooth, silky, flavorsome, and heartwarming. Above all, they go well with almost everything. And when you don’t have anything to eat, you can fill your appetite happily with a bowl of mashed potatoes.

Honestly, you can’t ever get enough mashed potatoes. Now, you might love the traditional mashed potatoes that are made with either white or yellow potatoes. Who could blame you? It is so easy to make… All you need to do is peel them, boil them, and mash them with milk.

You might have eaten traditional mashed potatoes a million times, but have you ever tried skin-on mashed potatoes? Don’t sound too surprised! It is a known fact that the skin of a potato contains several nutrients, and many like to eat them with the skin.

However, not many make a mashed potato out of it. So, breaking the tradition, today we are going to share with you a delicious and quite unusual mashed red potato recipe that is unique and tasteful.

What are red skin potatoes?

There are many types of potatoes all around the world. The most common of these are white potatoes and yellow potatoes. You can easily find these in any grocery store. These potatoes are super versatile and differ little on the basis of starch content.

There is one more type of potatoes that is rather very eye-catching. This type is the red potatoes. If you visit a farmers market, or a fresh vegetable aisle of any grocery store, your eyes might have landed on the red potatoes. Here is everything you need to know about these potatoes:

  • Appearance: From the first look, you will immediately notice the bring red-colored skin of these potatoes. The red ruby color makes them stand out in the potato crowd. As for the size is concerned, they range from small to medium. The shape is quite oval and is uniform. The red skin is smooth, along with brown spots or speckles.
  • Internal: When you cut a red potato, the contrast is quite unique. Unlike the red exterior, the interior is white, crisp, and firm.
  • Flavor: It is not just the appearance that is unique, but the flavor as well. Red potatoes have a mild flavor. Furthermore, they have an earthy and buttery flavor which everyone loves.
  • Texture: As for the texture, it is quite waxy and dense. That’s because they have a high starch content.

It is said that red potatoes were first cultivated in Peru. Then, in the 1560’s when the Spanish explorers brought the potatoes with them to Europe. From them being exported, now these potatoes are quite commonly found all over the world.

Health benefits of red skin potatoes

If you haven’t included red potatoes in your diet yet, here are a few reasons you should now:

  • It is the skin of red potatoes that is loaded with health benefits and nutrients. The skin is rich in fiber which plays a vital role in improving the digestive health of the body.
  • They are also rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese.
  • It is rich in vitamin B6 and vitamin C. These are essential for many bodily functions.
  • Red potatoes are also rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants help in neutralizing free radicals in the body. As a result, they protect the body from chronic diseases like heart diseases, cancers, and diabetes.
  • These potatoes also help in regulating the sugar level in the blood. As a result, it protects the body from developing diabetes. It also aids in reducing insulin resistance in the body.
  • Red potatoes are gluten-free. Therefore, these are amazing for people who are allergic to gluten.
  • These are also low in calories and are very filling. It keeps the stomach full for longer, thus reducing hunger. As a result, it also aids in weight loss.

Red Skin Mashed Potatoes ingredients

Red skin mashed potatoes recipe

Red skin mashed potatoes don’t require expensive or elaborate ingredients. The ingredients are pretty simple and readily available at every vegan grocery store. Here is a detailed breakdown of everything you need:

  • Red skin potatoes: because this is a skin on mashed potato recipe, we are going to use red skin potatoes. That’s because the skin is delicate and is easy to eat. Furthermore, the flesh inside is also fluffy and dense when cooked, i.e., perfect for mashed potatoes.
  • Vegan butter: No mashed potato recipe is complete without butter. And because it is a vegan recipe, of course, we are going to use vegan butter. It helps to make the mashed potatoes buttery and tasteful.
  • Vegan cream cheese: It is another ingredient that adds creaminess and cheesiness to the mashed potatoes. You can use any branded cream cheese, but make sure it is vegan.
  • Non-dairy milk: Milk is an important ingredient in mashed potatoes. And because when you are making a vegan dish, the perfect substitute for dairy milk is plant-based milk. You can use any non-dairy milk. I personally like coconut milk. That’s because it is dense and brings additional creaminess to the mashed potatoes. Make sure you are using unsweetened and non-flavored non-dairy milk.
  • Seasoning: Plain salt is enough to add flavors to the mashed potatoes. However, you can add any additional herbs you like as well.

How to make red skin mashed potatoes?

Making red skin mashed potatoes is very easy. Here are a few simple steps you have to follow:

Step 1: The first step is to wash and scrub the red potatoes to get rid of dirt. Because the potatoes grow underground, they usually have a lot of dirt on them. So, you really do need to take some time to scrub them.

Step 2: Next, place them in a pot and pour water on them. Fill the pot with water so that the potatoes are submerged in it.

Step 3: Place the pot on medium heat and bring it to a boil. Let the potatoes simmer for about 20 minutes, or until they are cooked. You can check them by inserting a fork or knife into them. They should not feel very hard, the fork or knife should insert easily.

Step 4: Once they are done, take them out of the water and place them in a large bowl.

Step 5: Add vegan milk, vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, salt, and mash using a fork or potato masher. Because it is a skin-on recipe, you don’t need to peel the potatoes!

Step 6: Once everything is well combined, serve immediately.

How to fix runny mashed potatoes?

If the mashed potatoes turn out to be runny, it can cause a serious problem. The perfect mashed potatoes have a balanced consistency which is nowhere near runny. However, if you encounter this problem, you don’t have to worry. You can fix the issue and adjust the consistency by adding more vegan cream cheese.

However, the best way to avoid this problem is by adding the milk slowly, so you can only add as much as you need.

How to store mashed potatoes?

You can store the leftover mashed potatoes by placing them in an air-tight container and storing them in the refrigerator. It will stay good for up to 3 days. You can reheat the mashed potatoes in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Can you freeze mashed potatoes?

Yes, you can freeze mashed potatoes. Once they are cool, place them in a zip lock bag and place them in the freezer. It will stay fresh for up to a month.

When reheating, simply take it out of the freezer, place it in a saucepan and reheat it on the stovetop. Don’t forget to stir for even reheating. Furthermore, you can also reheat it in the microwave. Place it in a microwave-safe container and microwave it for 5 minutes.

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 123 kcal / 514 kJ
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 24 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • For:
  • 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash the red skin potatoes and scrub well until you get rid of all the dirt.
  2. Place the potatoes in a pot and add water to the pot until they are covered.
  3. Place the pot on medium heat and let them boil for about 20 minutes, or until they are tender. Insert a fork or knife to check whether they are tender or not. They should not feel very hard, the fork or knife should insert easily.
  4. Once they are done, drain the water and place the potatoes in a large bowl.
  5. Add vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, non-dairy milk, and salt.
  6. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the potatoes until they are fluffy.
  7. Serve immediately!
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.