To peel or not to peel?Regardless of which potato you choose, your next decision is whether or not to peel the potato.
As you are most likely aware, there are many vitamins and minerals in the skin of the potato. Leaving the skin on adds nutrients to your mashed potatoes. Obviously, this is not an option if your goal is a creamy, smooth mashed potato dish.
Red potatoes are the best candidates for skin-on mashers because the skin is thin and smooth. Simply scrub the potatoes, core out the eyes, slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds (or 1-inch dice), cook, and mash. The red skins not only give lovely color to the mashed potatoes, but they will have your guests clamoring for the secret ingredient.
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