Purple Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Basil

Purple Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Basil

I’m absolutely thrilled to do a guest post for The Gracious Pantry! Tiffany McCauley is the creator of The Gracious Pantry. Her dedication to helping people take control of their health by providing wonderful healthy recipes on her fantastic blog and in her cookbooks is truly an inspiration to me! Tiffany’s tasty recipes have been featured on the Huffington Post, Shape.com, Self magazine, Tosca Reno, and many blogs.


The Gracious Pantry is all about clean eating so I created a healthy recipe for purple smashed potatoes with caramelized onions and basil. I do love Yukon Gold mashed potatoes with real pastured butter and organic half and half too but my purple smashed potatoes are a fantastic alternative to the regular mashed potatoes that everyone loves to eat at Thanksgiving.


Purple Potatoes

Purple potatoes are originally from Peru and their vivid purple color makes them a rich source of the antioxidant anthocyanin which protects our body from free radical damage and disease.


My dairy-free, gluten-free recipe also includes caramelized onions sautéed with balsamic vinegar, fresh antioxidant-rich basil, bright lemon juice, organic chicken stock, and extra virgin olive oil for a potato dish that is vibrant, healing, and delicious. If you want the recipe to be completely vegan use organic vegetable stock. Once you make these potatoes for Thanksgiving it will quickly become a yearly favorite on your table!


The Gracious Pantry has a wealth of fabulous clean eating recipes and resources on their blog so stop by to get my recipe and take a look around!


What’s your favorite way to enjoy potatoes? Have you ever tried purple potatoes? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment.


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  1. Hi Shelley,

    I love the combination of ingredients in your recipe, add in lemon and basil to the mix, yummy!

    Is the antioxidant anthocyanin only in purple potatoes?

    I like potatoes with orange kumara(Maori name for sweet potato) with olive oil and himalayan salt and finely grated carrot with lemon juice, olive oil and H. Salt and alfalfa sprouts.

    Thank you so much for this interesting information, every time I come to your post I am learning something.

    To Health!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Yorinda! Anthocyanin is in all purple/blue fruits and vegetables like blueberries, purple kale, purple cauliflower, purple cabbage, and purple carrots. You can find alot of these purple foods at your local farmers’ markets.
      To Your Health!

  2. Shelley,

    Those purple smashed potatoes with caramelized onions look wonderful And then, when you added basil – that is probably my favorite spice – mmmm! Thanks for the recipe.


    Dr. Erica
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Dr. Erica, I hope you try my recipe for a nice change of pace from regular white potatoes! Basil is one of my favorite herbs too and it has so many amazing health benefits.

  3. Wow that sounds sooo delicious! I hadn’t heard of purple potatoes before! Do you know if there only available at health food stores?
    I absolutely love caramelized onions and mashed potato so that sounds fantastic!

    Thank you!

    Regards, Jessica.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Jessica, Purple potatoes are available at many regular grocery stores and at all the farmers’ markets. Check your local stores and find out if they have them or will start carrying them for you. I hope you find them and can try the recipe!

  4. I never really considered the extra antioxidant component of purple potatoes, but now that you mention it it makes perfect sense. How fabulous. Besides, caramelized onions are my favorite thing to put on everything!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      France, You sound like me! I love caramelized onions so much, I use them in all kinds of dishes. I will be posting a soup recipe next week with a batch I just made. Hope you go to The Gracious Pantry website and get the recipe.

  5. Sounds absolutley scrummy and healthy to boot! I didn’t know that Anthocyanin is to be found in all of those purple vegetables and fruits, thanks for the continued education. I’ll sending this off to my brother the chef! 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks so much Sadi-Michaela! Anthocyanin is a wonderful antioxidant to include in your diet on a weekly basis. I hope your chef brother likes the recipe.

  6. Hi Shelley:

    My favourite way to enjoy potatoes is to fry them. I know, not at all healthy but they are so delicious. 🙂

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  7. Hi Shelly, I plan on making this recipe on Thursday. Any thoughts on if/how this recipe might be made ahead?
    Looking forward to trying this!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Sarah, I’m happy to hear you are making this recipe on Thursday! You can make the potatoes ahead of time and reheat them on the stovetop on medium low. Just add a small amount of extra stock and a drizzle of olive oil to loosen the potatoes up a bit before you reheat them.

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