Sarah's Kitchen Creations: Purple Mashed Potatoes

Want to make mashed potatoes more special for the holidays? Use local purple mashed potatoes from PrairiErth Farm! It makes a pretty lavender-colored mashed potatoes. Leave the skins on and boil the potatoes whole to keep more of the color.

What you need for Purple Mashed Potatoes:

15 small local and organic purple potatoes from PrairiErth Farm

1/2 pint local heavy whipping cream from Kilgus Farmstead (or other milk/milk substitute)

3 garlic cloves

1/2 stick Westby butter (or a whole stick if you want it extra buttery)

Salt and pepper to taste


1) Wash purple potatoes thoroughly.

2) Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add whole purple potatoes and three cloves to the water and bring to boil. Strain when the potatoes are completely softened with a fork test. TIP: Leave potato skins on and boil potatoes whole to keep the most pigment in the potatoes otherwise they might turn out grayish in color.

3) Once strained, add cream, butter, salt, and pepper. Mash with a potato masher. If you want it extra smooth you can use an immersion blender until it's super smooth.

4) Serve while hot!

Some of the purple color inevitably lessens when cooked and when cream is added.

Most purple potatoes are super radiant in color when they are raw but when you cook them they loose a lot of their pigment. One of the tricks that I do is pick out purple potatoes from our bulk produce section and pick the darkest blue potatoes. Many times they are the smaller potatoes and tend to have sharper blue color. The larger the blue potato is, sometimes the less pigmented blue coloring. When you add the white cream, it definitely makes the purple a lighter lavender color. It's still pretty though and totally worth it.

Buy local potatoes

They are more flavorful, have better texture, and taste less dry in comparison to a russet. I particularly look for PrairiErth, Blue Moon, and Miller potatoes when I am shopping. If you ever see Carola potatoes, grab them because they have pink tie dye coloring inside. The standard yellow and red potatoes are usually smaller than typical commercial potatoes but they are tastier, make your dishes that much better, and you have a story to tell about the source of your potatoes since they grown by your neighborhood farmers.