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Mar 23, 2009 04:51 PM

How should I prepare purple potatoes?

I got really excited when I saw these in the grocery store and decided to buy them. I've never made anything with purple/blue potatoes and wondered if anyone had any suggestions? How do they test and how are they texturely different? Any yummy ideas? I was thinking of making baked french fries but don't know since I've never tried them before.

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  1. I'm having a hard time remembering, but I think they have a sweeter taste. This recipe on Smitten Kitchen has always appealed to me but I've never tried it:

    1. Simply cover in olive oil,salt and pepper and roast at 425 till tender.
      Add fresh herbs if you like.

      1. I prefer mine roasted. They are a medium starch potato.

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        1. re: jsaimd

          If I remember ... yes they cook quick, they are great roasted, never made fries. I make a Red White and Blue potato salad with them, white and red potatoes and mix with the purple or blue and makes a fun potato salad with a light vinaigrette, but roasted is great and lightly sauteed. That is the only way I have made them.

        2. Even compared to red potatoes that have a lower starch content the purple potatoes seem to have more moisture. I've done a mix of roasted potatoes and the purples ones come out fine. They cook very quickly when boiling and will quickly turn to mush is over cooked.

          1. I like them roasted with some salt, pepper, and rosemary.

            Just a thought.. last time I bought purple potatoes, only the outsides were purple! I guess I didn't read the sign clearly..