February 23, 2011

Anti-recipe: Roasted Purple Potatoes

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Ever since Beth (a fellow foodie & Tennessee blogger) posted this yummy looking recipe, I’ve been wanting to try a purple potato. Before seeing her post, I’d never even heard of such a thing and feared that I might not get a chance to try them since I don’t have a Whole Foods nearby. Imagine my surprise when I saw a little sack of purple potatoes nestled in the produce shelves at my favorite grocer’s. I immediately snatched them up and brought them home with me.

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After giving the potatoes a good scrubbing, I quartered them and spread them out in a single layer on my baking stone (or any baking dish you prefer). Then I coated the potatoes with olive oil and tossed them in salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

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Roast at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes and you are left with crusty, crispy taters that are oh so delish!

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I will admit that for the first several bites, I couldn’t quite get past the idea of eating purple potatoes. I think I said something like “I can taste the purple,” but mainly it was just the idea of it. They are a bit more earthy than your average spuds, but tasty and very healthy. Chocked full of antioxidants, purple potatoes are cancer-fighters as well as immune system boosters. Have you ever seen them or even cooked with them? I’m interested to hear about your experience!

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