Purple Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Rum Sauce, & the Giveaway Winner

Nov 16, 2011 28 Comments

Purple Mashed Potatoes & Cranberry Rum Sauce. Perfect for Thanksgiving or with a Pork Chop

Thanksgiving meals in the Glutton household are continually a balancing act between incorporating old favorites as well as introducing new or tweaked recipes.  Personally, I’ve been known to go over board attempting to satisfy everyone’s appetites, by cooking multiple birds, stuffings, salads, and/or pies.  And while I always enjoy cooking a wide array of new foods on Turkey Day, sometimes it’s nice to simplify with a few minor tweaks to the old standbys.

One such tweak is substituting your normal boring white mashed potatoes with the flashy color of royalty.  Purple mashed potatoes are not only a great way to impresses the guests at your table on Thanksgiving, but these antioxidant loaded spuds which typically display subtle nutty and earthy notes just so happen to be damn tasty potatoes.  Understandably, you might want to simply substitute purple potatoes for your own mashed potato recipe, but for those interested I’ve included the recipe I typically use with these spuds below (caramelized onions, roasted garlic, and rosemary mixed in with the mash).

A second tweak is for those who might be interested in spicing up their cranberry sauce. Being professional gluttons, like Liz and myself, means one is obligated to consistently experiment with the incorporation of alcohol into recipes.  With that in mind, we happened to toss spiced rum into a basic cranberry sauce recipe once.  The result was an amazing panettone bread smell waffling throughout our home and a truly remarkable/memorable cranberry sauce.  Perfect for Turkey Day or whenever you need a condiment for pork chops (as seen above).

But before getting to the recipes for both of these tweaked Turkey Day favorites there is an announcement to make.  The winner of Sports-glutton.com 1st Anniversary Giveaway and a Vinturi Red Wine Aerator is LaTonya from Haute Cookture.  Congratulations LaTonya and many thanks to everyone who participated.

Lastly, be sure to check back in tomorrow for Thirsty Thursday and our red wine recommendations for Turkey Day.

The Necessities for the Purple Mashed Potatoes:

  • 6 large purple potatoes (cleaned and cubed)
  • 1 small yellow onion (caramelized…click here for a how to guide)
  • 4-6 roasted garlic cloves (roughly mashed)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Milk
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions for Purple Mashed Potatoes:

  • Toss the potatoes into a large pot of boiling water, cook until tender, and drain the water.
  • Add the caramelized onions, roasted garlic, rosemary, and butter to the purple spuds in the pot.   Drizzle in a generous amount of olive oil and mash the ingredients together.
  • Cook the potato mash over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Stir in the sour cream, then gradually stir in milk until the preferred consistency of mashed potatoes has been reached.  Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Plate, serve and enjoy.

The Necessities for the Cranberry Rum Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 “1/2 inch x 2 inch” strips orange zest
  • 12 oz fresh whole cranberries

Directions for Cranberry Rum Sauce:

  • Bring water, rum, sugar and orange zest to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Add cranberries, reduce heat to a low boil and cook for 10 minutes (cranberries should be popping) stirring often.
  • Pour into a bowl and cool before refrigerating.
  • Can be made a day or two in advance of Turkey Day

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28 Responses to “Purple Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Rum Sauce, & the Giveaway Winner”

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide says:

    I can’t believe I didn’t win. I will cry into my Sports-Glutton T-shirt. Anyway, I love the idea of adding caramelized onions to mash potatoes, and purple ones at that. Love the sauce too. Thanks for the shout out.

  2. Food, Flowers, Herbs and Life! says:

    Oh, my, the purple potatoes caught my eye due to the color – but reading the recipe made we want some right now! Wow! Your cranberry rum sauce sounds great, too! What a delightful change!

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    Finally, a dish that for that mostly forgotten color, purple, on the Thanksgiving table. We’ve yellow, brown, green, orange, red, and white but purple was absent. Well, thanks to you, nevermore! Now I can concentrate on more important matters, like where’s the blue dish?

  4. Caroline says:

    What a great giveaway. Purple mashed potatoes? I can definitely work with that. Purple ketchup on the other hand…not so much. That plate of food is just calling my name. Yum!

  5. zestybeandog says:

    Aweeeee!!!! How will my wine ever forgive me for not winning? This recpie looks great, I LOVE purple potatoes :)

  6. Haute Cookture says:

    Oh Em Gee! I can’t believe it. I actually won. This is the first giveaway I’ve ever won. I’m so excited and can’t wait to use my aerator. It will definitely be put to great use. Thank you so much!

    I’m with Caroline on the plate. I think it’s calling my name as well. Me likey the idea of infusing the cranberry sauce with spiced rum:)

  7. ceciliag says:

    I am growing these potatoes next year, they are spectacular, i am making a mash this evening for the In Law Company and I forgot to put the garlic in to roast so thank you for reminding me!! c

  8. Liz says:

    Perfect timing for Thanksgiving recipes…I’m not organized enough to have anything to share till after the holiday. Maybe next year? Love your cranberry sauce…it sounds delish…and I’m still debating whether to make my own or just put my dad’s favorite jellied version on the table. And thanks so much for adding me to your blog roll…you made my day!

  9. Sissi says:

    You have made such a beautiful, colourful plate! I have never experimented with violet potatoes, but every time I see them I am tempted. Why does the cranberry sauce give me cocktails ideas??? It sounds luscious too!
    Congratulations to the winner!

  10. spicegirlfla says:

    I like how you and Liz cook!! A dash of alcohol in the cranberry sauce! I’m making mine with port this year but I’m so tempted to switch to your recipe – I’ve never used rum! Sounds more tropical and fitting for my weather here! Now for those potatoes…the color is quite amazing and certainly a conversation starter for the dinner table!

  11. sprint2thetable says:

    That aerator was mine! 😛

    I normally am not a cranberry fan, but I think I could get on board with a rum-laced version.

  12. Mary says:

    These look so pretty! I tried purple potatoes for the first time this year and I really liked them. I roasted mine as oven fries though. I think I’ll try a mashed variety next time.

  13. Karen says:

    My bag of cranberries was just waiting for this recipe. It sounds like a perfect combination.

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    I started to like fruit sauces on meat so this will be on my to do list!

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    Nice! I love the purple potatoes.

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