Savory Mashed Purple Potatoes are the perfect way to serve up those fun purple potatoes to find at the grocery store.
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 all with appealing names – all blue, purple majesty, purple Viking, blue tomcat.
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.
Where to Find the Color Purple
Fortunately, purple potatoes are no longer only found in higher-end restaurants but are available in many grocery stores and farmers markets around the country. You can even buy them on Amazon. So, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy purple potatoes at home whenever you want.
Here’s a couple of purple potato recipes for you to try:
Savory Purple Mashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds purple potatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Peel potatoes and cut into large pieces. Place potatoes into a pot, and cover with water. 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 blender until the potatoes are smooth. Season with salt and pepper.