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Sep 25, 2010 02:08 PM

Mashed Potatoes - an Informal Survey

Mashed Potatoes:

Skin on or skin off?

(And please included your location.)

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  1. Depends on the potatoes.

    Small reds - on
    Yukon gold - either way
    Idaho Russets - off

    I'm from Oregon and that's how our house rolls.

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    1. re: boyzoma

      I agree 100%.

      I'm from San Francisco.

      1. re: christieCA

        +1 on Christie Ca and boyzoma, and I'm about 10 miles from Christie, over in the East Bay.

        1. re: mamachef

          Agree with boyzoma. In CA now, but same holds for when I lived on the E coast and Midwest

        2. re: christieCA

          reds - on
          gold - on
          russets - don't really use them for mashed.

          I'm from SF too....

        3. re: boyzoma

          Also "in the house" with our dear skins stay on. Originally from north ' in SWFL since '88.

          1. re: boyzoma

            Add me in the "depends on the potato" column. Grew up in southern Massachusetts currently living in north central North Carolina.

            1. re: boyzoma

              Same. (New Englander, now living in Arizona).

              1. re: Rubee

                ...adding that my husband agrees with agoodbite below - "always off", and he is also a native Texan (El Paso). That's why, if he wants it that way, his job is to peel the potatoes ; )

              2. re: boyzoma


                Born/raised in WI; now live in Phoenix.

                1. re: boyzoma

                  Agreed. Grew up in in Dallas.

                  1. re: boyzoma

                    DItto. Live in New England, raised in California, by Southern parents.

                    1. Always on. Why throw away those nutrients?

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                        1. re: ratbuddy

                          Ditto. Currently MD. Not sure location matters though, I'm a Marine brat. We moved 15 times before 12th grade.

                          1. re: ratbuddy

                            Right on, Ratbuddy. I'm a Ct. Yankee transplanted to SoCal

                          2. I always have to have the skins on. I'm from Pacific Palisades, CA--a native, been in Colorado for almost five years. My mom's family were Arizona pioneers, my dad's family were French Canadians. We all like the skins in my fam except my dad, he prefers thoroughly skinned mashed taters.

                            Garlic mashed--skins must be off unless they are extremely thin skins.

                            Mashed mixes such as parsnip/potato, carrot/potato, skins must be off no matter what.

                            1. Both, depending on the meal and the potatoes. For Thanksgiving or Christmas, it's Russets, skins off, and very plain. For other times, skins on and a smoother-fleshed spud.

                              Parents are from the midwest and I grew up in Colorado.

                              I live in KY now.

                              1. In CT

                                mashed potatoes - off
                                smashed potatoes - on

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                                  1. re: jfood

                                    Same here in central California. There is a marked distinction between mashed potatoes and smashed potatoes. For me, smashed potatoes don't do it. Properly prepared mashed potatoes, on the other hand, are sublime.

                                    1. re: jmnewel

                                      There is a marked distinction between mashed potatoes and smashed potatoes.....


                                      They're not smashed potatoes......unless they have chicken fat as an ingredient prepared in them from my understanding, as per the original recipe.

                                        1. re: pikawicca

                                          you need a "recipe" for smashed potatoes?

                                          1. re: jfood

                                            I believe pikawicca is challenging the veracity of an original recipe for smashed potatoes..... which I stated contained schmaltz

                                            1. re: fourunder

                                              understood, so jfood will postulate if there is no recipe, there can be no riginal recipe.

                                    2. re: jfood

                                      Chicago, same here. Usually with a sauce, I like mashed potatoes. Without a sauce, smashed with skin on.