Crunchy Potato Peel Pie

Don’t waste the potato skin!

I very rarely bother to peel potatoes before cooking them but with this traditional recipe from Guernsey I didn’t have any choice. This is an easy, and very cheap, way of making a potato gratin with the addition of the peeled skin giving a tasty crunchy topping.

This pie is also quite low fat as it only uses a little bit of milk and cheese. However, it would be even better with extra cheese or chopped bacon added to the layers of potato 🙂

I think this is perfect as a side dish for a roast dinner. If you have to take a dish to a Thanksgiving gathering then this might suit. You can also eat it on its own for lunch.

The only slight drawback is that it does take a little while to bake.

Ingredients – serves 6 as a side dish:

  • 500g/1 lb potatoes
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 2 tbsp plain (all purpose) flour
  • pinch of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp dried breadcrumbs (from a packet is fine)
  • 50g/2 oz butter, diced
  • few fresh parsley leaves, optional, to decorate


  • Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan forced/390F. Grease a pie dish with some cooking spray or a little butter.
  • Peel the potatoes, putting the peeled skin into a medium bowl.
  • Thinly slice the peeled potatoes and layer the slices into the pie dish along with the sliced onions. Also scatter a little cheese over each layer.
  • Add the flour, salt and pepper to the bowl containing the peeled potato skin and stir to coat the peelings in the flour.
  • Scatter the coated peelings over the top of the potato in the pie dish.
  • Pour over the milk, then scatter over the breadcrumbs and pieces of butter.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 180C/160C fan forced/350F and bake for approximately another 60-70 minutes, until the potatoes in the middle of the pie dish are cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to sit for 5 minutes before serving topped with fresh parsley leaves, if you have them.
  • Enjoy!

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6 Responses to Crunchy Potato Peel Pie

  1. adifranza says:

    Hi Vicky,

    I work for Twin Pines Landscaping, and we are putting together a bunch of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes featuring fruits and veggies to share on our social media accounts! With your permission, we’d love to share your picture and link to the recipe here on your blog! Let us know what you think!

    Thanks, and Happy Almost Thanksgiving!
    Ashley DiFranza and The Twin Pines Landscaping Team

  2. offmotorway says:

    What a lovely way to eat the nutritious potato skins – yum!

  3. trucvert says:

    This looks like the perfect comfort food for winter! 🙂

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