April 26, 2013

Purple Potato Fries

I love educating myself about everything produce when it comes to eating cleaner and healthier. Every once in awhile I'm fascinated when I learn about how some commonplace produce have these wild relatives nobody ever talks about.
Case and point, the potato. Russet potatoes are your typical run of the mill, follow the rules kind of potato. So you can imagine my surprise when my mother introduced me to its wild cousin, the Purple Potato.
Originating from South America, purple potatoes are very similar to the every day russet potato. They are prepared the same way and can be used interchangeably in any dish that calls for potatoes. Mostly people use them simply to add color to their favorite dish or meal. However, purple potatoes pack one major punch that straight-laced, russet potatoes lack--
Think blueberries. The pigment that gives them their purple hue is full of antioxidants which is the same for purple potatoes. These babies have 4 times as many antioxidants than regular potatoes. Antioxidants do your body good by boosting your immune system and even help prevent some cancer and heart disease. source
My mom first prepared them for me as fries so when I recently saw the colorful starch at the store, I knew I had to make a batch. Making your own fries is so fast and simple and much better for you than the highly processed frozen bags from the store. Here's the simplest way:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, rinse your potatoes, and cut them into your preferred fry shape. (The peel contains most of the nutritional value, so leave it on if you're eating them for that reason)
Spread them out into one even layer on a large baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt.
Next play a little musical chairs to make sure they're all nice and evenly coated and then pop them into the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Turn them over once, halfway through.
I like crispy fries--plus we forgot about them. oops! But bake until your desired crispiness and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
So simple. So delicious. And I can't get over how much more fun that purplish hue can make a meal. It would be great for kids!
What's the weirdest produce you've ever used in a recipe?

What are your favorite fry seasonings?


  1. These look incredible. I had actually never tried purple potatoes before moving here (Kuwait). I will have to give this recipe a try shortly.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend

    1. I hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend too, Jessie! :)



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