Savory Mashed Purple Potatoes

Savory Mashed Purple Potatoes are the perfect way to serve up those fun purple potatoes you find at the grocery store.

A bowl of purple mashed potatoes

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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.

You can read more about the health benefits of purple potatoes.

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
  • Salt
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Ground black pepper

How to Make Purple Mashed Potatoes

  1. Peel potatoes and cut into pieces no larger than 1-inch.
  2. Place potatoes into a pot.
  3. Add salt and enough water to cover the potatoes.
  4. Cook potatoes on medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  5. Drain potatoes and place them back into the pot.
  6. Add cream and butter.
  7. Beat with a mixer until the potatoes are smooth.
  8. 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.

Purple mashed potatoes in a bowl

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a bowl of purple mashed potatoes

Savory Purple Mashed Potatoes

Savory Purple Mashed Potatoes are the perfect alternative to white potatoes. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Purple Mashed Potatoes, Savory Purple Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 195kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 29.8mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Sophia

    5 stars
    Ill send you some purple potatoes from Long Island.

    NO ONE should be deprived of purple potatoes. Unbelievable…. inconceivable…

  2. TMN

    I live in Hicktown, middle of nowhere, Maine. And I’m not ordering freaking potatoes on Amazon, because Maine is KNOWN for the many, many (borrrring and brown..😩) potato farms. Seriously. I’d never live it down. 😭😭 Someone, for the love of ALL that’s HOLY, send some pretty purple potatoes MY way!!

  3. webstagram

    5 stars
    That purple potato looks so beautiful! I hope I could find it at the store. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  4. baltisraul

    5 stars
    If you can’t find purple potatoes just make regular potatoes and add a couple tbl of pickled red beet juice. Everybody will wonder where you found potatoes that turn out RED. You can also stain some hard boiled eggs and tell them you also found red eggs.

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