Recipe Scottish Skirlie Mash

Mountain Cat

Senior Member
12 Apr 2019
Local time
8:33 PM
Hilltowns of Massachusetts
Prep Time: 15 minutes.
Cook Time: 20 minutes.
Rest Time: A couple minutes.
Serves: 3 – 4.
Cuisine: Scottish.
Leftovers: Sure, although best served immediately.

Scottish Skirlie Mash
  • 17 ounces / 0.5 kg potato, chopped into large 1-2 inch / 2.5 – 5 cm chunks.
  • 3 ounces / 85 g butter
  • 1 finely chopped onion.
  • 0.9 – 1 ounce / 25 g regular oatmeal.
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Salt and ground white pepper, to taste.
  • Optional sprinkles of fresh chopped parsley.
  1. Boil the potatoes until tender, which will be in about 20 minutes.
  2. During that process, heat the butter in a skillet medium high; add onion and saute for about 10 minutes, until soft and perhaps beginning to brown.
  3. Add oatmeal flakes, and stir until the oatmeal absorbs the butter and the mixture looks dry. Continue cooking (and stirring) until this gets toasted, about five more minutes. DO NOT let it BURN. Remove from cooktop and keep warm. (BTW, this is the “skirlie”.)
  4. Drain potatoes, and return to the hot skillet. Mash. Add the cream, parsley and the “skirlie” (the oatmeal preparation). Season with salt and the white pepper. Mix again, taste and adjust seasonings.
  5. Serve immediately. Works best as a side. If you do have leftovers, as I did, I’d recommend the microwave. You may wish to mix in a bit more cream to return it to the original moisture level, when re-heating.

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