Skirlie mash

Skirlie mash

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 8
'Skirlie' is a Scottish word for toasted oatmeal, which gives a crunchy texture to mashed potato - try this as a side dish at your Hogmanay celebration

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal266
  • fat16g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 1kg floury potato



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 85g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 onions, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 50g pinhead or medium oatmeal (not flakes)
  • 6 tbsp double cream
  • handful curly parsley, chopped


  1. Boil the potatoes until very tender, about 20 mins. Meanwhile, make the skirlie. Heat the butter in a frying pan, add the onion and cook for 10 mins until golden and soft. Add the oatmeal and stir until the butter is absorbed and the mix looks dry. Continue cooking until the skirlie is toasted, stirring (skirling round the pan) all the time for 5 mins, but do not let it catch and burn. Remove and keep warm.

  2. Drain the potatoes, return to the hot pan and mash really well. Beat in the cream, parsley and skirlie, then season to taste. Serve immediately before the skirlie softens.

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3rd Jan, 2012
Best leave skirlie as its meant to be!!!!!!!!!!!!
4th Nov, 2010
Savoury oatmeal into fluffy potatoes? Worth trying for its interesting mix!
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17th Oct, 2010
Couldn't get my skirlie dry with the amount of butter the recipe call for but the whole dish was very well received! I had it with braised venison stew, and buttered leeks.
15th Apr, 2009
I really like this! I love oats and love potatos and this was really really nice. Its great if you want to eat potato but are GI conscious
26th Dec, 2008
Totally agree with Peatcutter - skirlie should be left alone! When my kids come home to and I ask them what they'd like for dinner, it's usually going to be "something and skirle". It goes well with most things.
30th Jan, 2008
Tried this, but don't approve at all! Skirlie is just lovely made in the traditional fashion, always an accompaniment to other Scottish dishes (particularly mince'n'tatties). It does nothing for mashed tatties at all. Far better served along with ordinary mashed tatties, as it is meant to be! Sorry about that, Nick, I generally agree with everything you do, but just cannot on this occasion. Anyway, mair power tae yir elbow!
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