Creamy masked potatoes have been a well liked in American households. But let’s face it€”they are oftentimes the absolute most boring looking food on the planet. And that’s where this recipe comes in. With a combination of red, white, and purple potatoes, you are able to achieve a more exciting mashed potato dish that will take color to your dinner table.

Because of this dish I used the Trader Joe’s potato medley€”a sack of red, white, and purple potatoes. To reach a more vivid shade of blue, use only the purple potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sack of red, purple, and white potatoes (approximately 13 small potatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter
  • Unsweetened and unflavored almond or soy milk (less than one cup required)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: ½ yellow onion and 3 cloves garlic, chopped and sautéed in coconut oil until translucent

Instructions:

  1. Wash and thoroughly scrub potatoes; slice off and discard any gnarly imperfections.
  2. Place potatoes in a pot with cool water and bring to a boil with the lid on.
  3. Remove lid and boil uncovered until a blade slides easily into the whole potato (this should take around 15 to 20 minutes with respect to the size of the potatoes)
  4. Drain water and begin mashing potatoes with a fork or potato masher (be sure to put one purple potato aside in the event that you wan to really make the purple flowers described below)
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of vegan margarine and ½  cup of vegan milk
  6. Continue mashing and adding additional vegan milk until it reaches a light, fluffy mashed potato consistency
  7. Mix in sautéed onion and garlic (optional)
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste

How to Create Edible Purple Flowers:

Taking the cooked purple potato you set aside, slice off ¼ inch disks employing a very sharp knife. Then use a bento vegetable cutter (basically a little cookie cutter) to create your desired shapes. This is actually the set that we used: