Potato Peel Pie Recipe (2024)

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While reading the popular novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I knew I would want to create my own version of the potato peel pie. While it’s not the exact same pie that is depicted in the novel, I’m excited to share that my version turned out to be a delicious breakfast or brunch potato “peel” pie that you can serve to your family any time of the year!

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You see, I had recently begun reading (and loving!) the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and I had already starting thinking about what a fun project it would be to make a potato peel pie.

But my search for potato peel pie recipes online turned up void. There was next to nothing available, and whatwasout there called for ingredients that my family either couldn’t eat (gluten), or they were admittedly tasteless and more complicated than they were worth.

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Instead of getting disappointed, I was determined to figure out my own potato peel pie recipe that I could share with my family and friends.

I figured that I would be able to share about the novel each time I served this dish, which would make it even more fun to share!

So here’s the deal: I did some research, and a potato peel pie was a real dish back in the World War II era. Back during the war, food was rationed, so people weresuper limited in what ingredients they had to use to develop recipes.

The classic potato peel pie is made of potatoes, potato peels for the crust, a beet, and a teeny tiny bit of milk.

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But we don’t live in the World War II era. Hence, we can make our potato peel pie fit the bill of the original–but make it oh.so.much.more.tasty (which remembering the World War II era and those who fought to survive with gratefulness and thanksgiving all the same).

With that said, my potato peel pie recipe is rich with ingredients like half and half, butter, onion, and even a little bit of cheese. Yet, by using the potato hasbrowns (non GMO), you can whip it up fairly quickly.

Since this recipe requires no peeling or shredding, it can serve as both a satisfying and fast dish for any occasion!

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While I think it would be over-the-moon exciting to host a book club brunch around The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyand serve this as the main dish, there is absolutely no reason why this potato peel pie can’t become a staple in your family’s breakfast or brunch line-up.

I served it to my kids yesterday, and they devoured it!

Without further ado, check out my recipe for Potato Peel Pie.

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Potato Peel Pie


  • 30 ounces total hash browns
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spread hash brownsin the bottom of a greased 9-in. pie plate to make a crust.
  3. Bake crust for 15-20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F.
  4. Make the pie filling by combining the rest of the hash browns, half and half, butter, onion, and seasonings in a sauce pan. Stir until butter is melted and everything is well combined.
  5. Spread filling on top of the pie crust.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the pie with parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake for 1 hour on 350 degrees F. or until top if fully browned.


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  1. Micah | Home Faith Family

    (Erin my friend, you’re missing the “onion” after 1/4 cup diced in your yummy recipe.)

    My favorite potato dish is funeral potatoes. There is something delicious and comforting about this meal….I’ll be cooking potatoes this week now. 😉

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  2. shemale

    Thanks Colin nice post.

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  3. Barb

    My favorite potato dish is a simple mashed potato with butter, milk, salt and pepper. I’d love to try the Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes.

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  4. Robyn Owens

    I want to try the potato, spinach and goat cheese nests. I use Simply Potatoes every week. They are a true time saver.

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  5. Beverly

    My favorite potato dish is our family Potato Salad. It’s very different from what people are used to for Potato Salad. We use potatoes, mustard as the base, mayo, and boiled eggs. I would love to try the shredded hash browns. My husband liked a hash brown casserole we had somewhere a few months ago and I would love to give it a try with those at home.

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    • Mary Ann

      Our Potato Salad also uses mustard and boiled egg, but we use Miracle Whip brand salad dressing rather than the mayo. We prefer the tang of it rather than the more bland taste we think mayo brings. We also include diced onion, as well.

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  6. Joan Kubes

    I want to try the Simply Skinny Macaroni & Cheese and the Shredded
    Hash Browns.

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  7. Michelle Bingham

    I love your posts! The Simply potato recipes look amazing. If I win they’d have to surprise me because they all look amazing! What could be better than potatoes and cheese??

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  8. Brittany

    I love all potato recipes, haha! Especially when I’m pregnant, so these products will be good to remember the next time. I would love to try the hash browns in our breakfast pizza that we love. Normally I have to the the hash browns, so these would save time!

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  9. Glynn

    The shredded hash browns would be my pick. Recipe? I don’t know…they look good just as they are! Yum!

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    • Glynn

      Ooooh…sweet potatoes, too!

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  10. Amy

    My favorite is cheesy potatoes! I would love to try the Shredded hash browns in it!! I love potatoes!!!

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  11. Carrie

    I want to try the traditional mashed potatoes the diced potatoes look good too.

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  12. Cheryl

    I would love to try the Cheesy Hash Brown Cups, this looks great. I will use the Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns in this recipe and I would like to try the same ingredients in a skillet to see how that comes out.

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  13. Rochelle Street

    Wow. They ALL look amazing! But…I think the Garlic & Herb Shredded Hash Browns would be fun to try. We LOVE a great homemade Saturday morning breakfast. And hash browns are usually included. What better way to “ upscale” a familiar favorite… perhaps served like “Eggs Benedict”’style atop the muffin??!! Yum! My mouth is already watering!!!

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  14. Sally W

    I’d like to try their Diced Potatoes. They look so good in the picture!

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  15. Katy

    We make a hash brown crusted egg bake that I’ve actually used the Simply Potatoes hash browns for many times! It’s easy and delicious!

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  16. Sarah

    I’d like to try your recipe here! I went to the site and thought the shredded hash browns would be the best time saver also, so that’s what I’d pick!

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  17. Natalie

    ohhhh, I really like simle recipes like this. For a long time, I would love to make something different with potatoes instead of fried ones over the time. Your recipe did help me a lotttt. Gonna try it soon xD

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  18. Kelly Chandler

    Easy Au Gratin Potatoes sounds like a yummy crowd-pleaser; so I’d love to make that after trying the Simply Potatoes hashbrowns. My favorite potato recipe is an easy oven baked potato wedges with spices, including cayenne, onion and garlic. But I’ll be trying your recipe too, Erin. Thanks for the chance!

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  19. Monica Archer

    The Pork Chops with Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes look yummy! I would use the Simply Potatoes Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

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  20. Amy

    This is the second potato peel recipe I’ve seen recently. I’ll take that as a sign that I need more carbs in my life and make this one soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing this, Erin!

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    • Erin

      You won, Amy!! Please send me your address to my email.

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  21. Colleen McCaffrey

    My favorite potato recipe is simple hash browns. I would love to try some from Simply potatoes. Thank you.

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  22. Tim

    I like potato salad, so I would use their diced potatoes with onions to make that. They also have a recipe on their site for cheddar and bacon potato salad that I would like to make.

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  23. Erin

    Well what got me in this post in the first place was your potato peel recipe which sounds delicious! The cheesy potatoes on the website sounds pretty yummy as well. Either way, it sounds like I need to try the shredded hash browns! 🙂

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  24. Sara Craig

    The loaded mashed potato puffs look delish and a super quick and easy side dish!

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  25. Ashley Kolpak

    I would make cheesy hash brown cups

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  26. One of God's

    Any potato dish which is cheesy and makes lots of servings is a winner here.

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  27. Stacie M.

    Yum! I love potatoes. I would love to make the veggie frittata with potatoes. Our girls are laying like crazy and we have plenty of eggs!!

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  28. Jessica

    Simply Potatoes are awesome for slow cooker potato soup!

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  29. Katie S.

    Cheesy potatoes are our favorite, but the kind with bacon looks super yummy! I’d love to try them sometime!

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  30. Betty Cawthra

    Thank you for the contest. I would love to try the Steakhouse Seasoned Sliced Potatoes. Thank you very much.

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  31. Denise

    I think the CHEESY BACON AND POTATOES CASSEROLE using Simply Potatoes sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your uses for them!

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  32. Katie R.

    I love anything that can simplify meal times! Also, I loooove potatoes! I would love to use the mashed potatoes to make the creamy chicken vegetable potato topped casserole. (Now that’s a mouthful……if awesome!) Love your blog!

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  33. Jennifer

    Wow! Such yummy options
    I’d try the Irish pancakes, latkes and crunchy topped cheesy hash browns.

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  34. Melanie

    I would like to try the homestyle slices!

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  35. Deanna F

    I want to try the skillet potato hash.

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  36. Jennifer

    I’d love to try the Cheesy Hash Brown Cups, they sound delicious! I would use the Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns in this recipe, yum!!

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  37. Kathy

    Cheesy Bacon and Potatoes Casserole. You mix it in one bowl and bake it in one pan. My family loves cheese, bacon, and potatoes.

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  38. Emily

    I would try the red potato wedges. The recipes look delicious!

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  39. Esther

    I would love to try the cheesy hash browns.

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  40. Sarah L.

    I don’t think there is any potato dish I don’t enjoy. I would love to try the potatoes and onions but the hash Browns would also be super convenient for all my favourite potato dishes.

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  41. Nicole Kosby

    I have to try those hash browns to make my favorite dish Potato latkes. Passover is next week and tgey would save me so much time

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  42. Kitty

    I love this book!!

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  43. Bonnie

    (Do NOT read this if you haven’t finished the book.)

    I also love the book, but if I remember correctly, I think they revealed at the end that there wasn’t any such thing as a potato peel pie. I was watching Mud Men on TV and they were going to have a picnic with a potato peel pie, so I thought I’d look for a recipe. While your recipe sounded delicious, there wasn’t one potato peel in it. I guess there still isn’t a potato peel pie recipe.

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  44. gwmax44907

    Potato Peel Pie


    2 c raw, grated potato skins (add some of the white part to keep the texture more tender),
    1/3 c grated onion
    1 egg, beaten
    3 Tbls flour
    1/4 cup fresh, shredded parmesan cheese (for topping)
    1 red beet, cooked (I bought a fresh one but I bet you could use a canned one)
    Mashed potatoes for pie filling.


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a small pie plate. Mix grated potato peels wiith egg, onion and flour. Press the mixture into the pie plate and up sides to form a crust.

    2. Bake crust for 20-25 min. While crust is baking, cook potatoes, drain & mash. You can add your favorite mashed potato flavorings here such as garlic, onion, milk, butter, salt etc.,

    3. Fill crust with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with beets & parmesan cheese ( I julienned the beet first).

    4. Bake in oven at lower temperature of 375 for 10 minutes or until browned.

    Mix a few chopped green onions tops in your mashed potatoes for some color

    This is a WWII Recipe. Also made famous from the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Let me preface this recipe by stating that you can make it taste delicious, or you can make it taste like it did back during the War. If you want it to taste “authentic”, don’t add any salt, garlic, butter or cream. Or, if you want it to be awesome, add all of the above and anything else you can imagine (I added green onions, parmesan, etc.). Make it your own, but you should try it.

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  45. Patty H Mayer

    So in other words this is NOT a Potato Peel Pie recipe, but something you made up.

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  46. best masticating juicer 2019

    wow. its amazing simple dish for potato lovers. gonna try it right now. hungry me ahahahaha

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  47. Carole

    Why not call this, I don’t know, Turnip Pie? There’s no turnips in it either.

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  48. Kathleen

    Hi Erin, I bought the hash browns, but now as I read the recipe, I don’t see how much I should use for the crust and how much for the filling.
    I really want to make this!

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