Purple Mashed Potatoes

Introduction: Purple Mashed Potatoes

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Tired of boring beige potatoes? Try purple ones!

1 pound purple fingerling potatoes*
1/2 cup of half and half (more or less depending on how creamy you like your potatoes.)
2 TB butter
salt and pepper, to taste

*It can sometimes to hard to find purple fingerling potatoes, especially by themselves. Many times they are sold together in bags with yellow and ruby fingerling potatoes. Try farmers markets or specialty grocers if you have a hard time finding them. They are a little pricier than russets, but taste great.  I used a combination of purple and ruby for this recipe. 

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Step 1:

1. Throughly wash the potatoes, they are less smooth and harder to clean than russet potatoes.
2. After washing, peel and diced them into smaller pieces.
3. Place the potatoes in boiling water and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 10-20 minutes.
4. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl.

Step 2:

1. Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper and whip together until the potatoes are fluffy.
2. You can serve the potatoes with more butter on top or gravy. A green sage gravy would look great on these!

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    DO NOT COOK YOUR PURPLE POTATOES FOR 20-25 MINUTES!! THEY WILL DISSOLVE! I checked in on my potatoes at the 10 minute mark, and they had already started to dissolve. I shut the heat off, and paused to decide what to do, and they were gone, in less than 13 minutes. If boiling purple potatoes, only cut each in half, and simmer on low heat and keep your eye on them


    6 years ago on Introduction

    There at least dozens of varieties of purples, but they can be hard to find. For many people it's probably easier to find them as "seed potatoes" to grow your own - they are easy to grow! Many specialty or 'heirloom' seed companies sell them, a simple web search will turn up a bunch. One of the newer varieties that I like has superior good color and flavor; it's called "Purple Majesty".