Savory Mashed Purple Potatoes are the perfect way to serve up those fun purple potatoes you find at the grocery store.
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If you love potatoes but have cut down on eating regular white potatoes because you want to cut back on starchy foods, then you’re in luck.
Studies show that which type of potato you choose can make a big difference. In fact, most nutrient-dense potatoes are those with the most colorful flesh.
For instance, purple potatoes are not only an eye-catching sight, they are also lower in starch than white potatoes.
Moreover, they come with a host of awesome health benefits. Here are a few:
- Help Lower and Regulate Blood Pressure.
- May Prevent Blood Clots.
- Jam-Packed with Antioxidants and Phytonutrients.
- Provide Fiber.
- Great for Endurance Athletes and Ultra Runners.
Where did Purple Potatoes Come From?
The history of the purple potato can be traced back to what’s known as the purple Peruvian, which is an heirloom fingerling potato that originated in Peru and Bolivia.
In fact, in South American culture purple potatoes have been known as the food of the gods for centuries. There are quite a few different varieties of purple potatoes with appealing names – all blue, purple majesty, purple Viking, blue tomcat.
Where to Find Purple potatoes
Fortunately, purple potatoes are now available in many grocery stores and farmers markets around the country. They used to be only found in higher-end restaurants or specialty markets.
You can even buy them on Amazon. So, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy purple potatoes at home whenever you want.
How to Cook Purple Potatoes
Purple potatoes are very versatile but can become a little mushy if you overcook them, so be careful.
In spite of their strikingly rich, vibrant color, their flavor tends to be a bit more subtle than some other potatoes. So, it’s good to add some seasonings.
It’s best to boil, roast, or bake them as they aren’t the best potatoes for deep frying. Use a little olive or coconut oil with some salt and pepper for a delightful addition to any meal.
Here are suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:
- Sauté a few purple potatoes with onions for a colorful weekend morning hash to brighten up your eggs.
- Turn leftover baked purple potatoes into a potato salad to eat with your lunch sandwich.
- Roast some purple potatoes with Brussels sprouts and carrots and serve as your side dish for dinner.
Purple Mashed Potatoes Ingredients
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Purple potatoes
- Heavy cream
- Ground black pepper
How to Make Purple Mashed Potatoes
- Peel potatoes and cut into pieces no larger than 1-inch.
- Place potatoes into a pot.
- Add salt and enough water to cover the potatoes.
- Cook potatoes on medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Drain potatoes and place them back into the pot.
- Add cream and butter.
- Beat with a mixer until the potatoes are smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper.
Purple mashed potatoes are a wonderful gluten-free side dish. Scroll down to find links to a few more gluten-free side dish recipes.
Love potatoes? Try these recipes!
- How to Make Red Potatoes
- Cracker Barrel Potato Casserole
- Easy Potato Pancakes
- Fiesta Potatoes
- Greek Roasted Potatoes
- Hashbrown Potato Casserole
- KFC Wedges
- Onion Soup Mix Potatoes
- Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Favorite Gluten Free Side Dishes
Savory Purple Mashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds purple potatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Peel potatoes and cut into pieces no larger than 1 inch by 1 inch. Place potatoes into a pot. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the pot and enough water to cover the potatoes. Cook potatoes on medium for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Drain potatoes, and place them back into the pot where they were cooked. Add cream and butter. Beat with a mixer until the potatoes are smooth. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.