Have you ever had potato skin topped garlic mashed potatoes? Well if you haven’t, let me tell you, it’s so good.

Roasted garlic and lots of butter is mashed into the flesh of baked potatoes, and the skins are cut into strips, fried and placed on top of the mashed potatoes. Yum – right?


Potato Skin Topped Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Diverse Dinners


Potato skin topped garlic mashed potatoes is a potatoes lover’s dream. The entire potato is used and piled on top of each other, and then served up two ways. This is clearly decadence itself, so reserve this recipe for a special occasion. A dinner party or holiday are the ideal occasions, but WARNING, this dish will tug at your calorie guiltometer!

Russet potatoes are the best type of potato to use for this dish, they are large and their skins are thin and once cooked, the flesh is easy to remove. Additionally, russet potatoes’ characteristics are great for mashed potatoes and the skins become nicely crisp when fried.

With the holidays coming you will be looking out for great recipe ideas and potato skin topped garlic mashed potatoes is an ideal dish for Christmas dinner. Here’s some ideas on what to serve it with.

Potato skin topped garlic mashed potatoes amps up any meal and will surely win you kudos from your friends and family. For this reason I urge you to give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think


Potato Skin Topped Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Diverse Dinners




1695 cal


159 g


67 g


10 g
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Serves 6

Potato Skin Topped Garlic Mashed Potatoes

1 hrPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

2 hr, 30 Total Time

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  • 5 lb russet potatoes
  • 12 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • 1/3 cup parmesan (shredded)
  • 2 x 4 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 4 cups canola oil
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • Equipment & Utensils
  • Foil
  • Parchment paper
  • Large skillet
  • Slotten spoon
  • Ovenproof dish
  • Potato masher


  1. Wash skins of potatoes then pierce each one with a fork two or three times.
  2. Place potatoes in a preheated oven at 450 and allow to cook for 45 mins.
  3. Remove potatoes from oven once cooked and allow to cool.
  4. Create a pouch with foil large enough to hold garlic and line with parchment paper then place garlic in pouch and drizzle with olive oil, then seal.
  5. Place garlic in oven at 350 for 40 mins.
  6. Once the garlic is cooked through remove from oven but keep the oven warm on the lowest temperature.
  7. The potatoes should be cool enough to handle so remove the flesh from each potato by dragging away at one side of each potato and, with a fork, pulling out the flesh into a bowl, and place the skins into another bowl.
  8. If you have a potato ricer you can simply place each potato into the ricer and squeeze. The whites of the potatoes will fall through the ricer and the skin will stay in the chamber.
  9. Once you have removed the flesh from all of the potatoes, place potato flesh into an ovenproof bowl, cover with foil and place in the oven to keep warm.
  10. Slice up half the quantity of potato skins into strips as best you can. You will only need half of the potato skins, you can discard the rest or save for another time.
  11. Heat oil in skillet until very hot but not smoking, then carefully add potato strips and thyme and allow to cook until crispy.
  12. Once done, remove potato skins from oil and transfer to a bowl or plate lined with paper towels.
  13. Remove the potato flesh from the oven and transfer to a bowl.
  14. Add garlic, parmesan and 4 tbsp of melted butter and sprinkle salt on top.
  15. Mash vigorously until garlic and parmesan disappears and the butter has been absorbed.
  16. Add another 4 tbsp of melted butter and mash vigorously once more until butter has been absorbed and the potatoes are free of lumps.
  17. Transfer mashed potatoes to a serving dish and top with the potato skins and serve immediately.