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Purple Mashed Potatoes
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Browned Butter Garlic and Thyme Purple Mashed Potatoes

A savory and delicious mashed potato recipe that is as exciting to look at as it is to eat. With purple mashed potatoes, browned butter, garlic, and fresh thyme helping to bring out the best flavors in every bite, you won't soon forget about this mashed potato recipe!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 244kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $4.27 / Serving $0.71


  • 1-2 lbs purple potatoes ($2.88)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme (about 1 teaspoon finely chopped) ($0.10)
  • 6 tablespoon butter ($0.54)
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic ($0.10)
  • ½ cup heavy cream ($0.50)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper ($0.05)
  • 1 teaspoon salt ($0.10)


  • Wash and scrub potatoes. Dice into .5 inch sized cubes, or in half if small. You do not need to peel potatoes.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook purple potatoes until soft.
  • When the potatoes are soft, drain water and potatoes into a colander. Return empty pot to stove.
  • Add and melt the butter in the pot.
  • Once melted add in the thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic and stir until lightly browned. Do not let butter burn.
  • Remove pot from heat.
  • Add in the potatoes and mash until desired texture has been reached.
  • Add in heavy cream and stir to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Recipe Tips

I have made this recipe successfully using a mixture of purple potatoes, red potatoes, and yellow potatoes as they have a similar texture and density so they cook the same (unlike russets).
If you plan to do a mix of reds, yellows, and purples, keep in mind that the color at the end is (for lack of a better word) interesting. I refer to them as "confetti" mashed potatoes because of the colors speckled throughout.
The flavors taste great and the kids love them regardless so if colors aren't an issue for you, it can be a fun twist. So choose a potato or multiple potato types and go for it.
Do you peel purple potatoes? Nope. While you can peel purple potatoes if desired, the skin is already pretty thin. Once cooked you can hardly notice that the skin is there.


Serving: 1scoop | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.8g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 15.4g | Saturated Fat: 9.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 41.8mg | Sodium: 419.3mg | Potassium: 708.1mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 2.3g | Vitamin A: 138.6IU | Vitamin C: 13.6mg | Calcium: 28.5mg | Iron: 1.2mg