Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fork Pressed Purple Potatoes with Pinked Shallots and a Corelle Set ++ - Potato Week #2

Purple potatoes, yes. Not sweet potatoes. They are purple spuds. I never thought that I'd be able to get them here, until I saw in Tesco's brochure (less than 1 month back). I was very very ecstatic about it.

The purple colour in the potatoes are due to the pigment anthocyanin, which is the same pigment found in blueberries, red cabbages, roselle and of course, purple sweet potatoes. But it's not the same as beetroots or red dragonfruit. If anthocyanin comes into contact with acid, it turns pink and with alkaline it turns blue.

I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen before I even saw the potatoes in Tesco, thinking, will I ever get a chance to try it out? And when I really did get similiar potatoes (hers were another variety and were much much higher in anthocyanins), I was so so so so happy!!

I didn't really follow the recipe, but just recreated something based on how Deb's dish look like, visually.

Fork Pressed Purple Potatoes with Pinked Shallots
Visually inspired by Smitten Kitchen
Recipe source: Wendyywy

500gm purple potatoes
2 Tbsp butter or more
1/4 tsp salt
Handful of parsley, chopped

Peel and steam potatoes (whole) until soft (can be poked through easily with a chopstick or with a dinner knife). Remove from heat and place potatoes onto serving plate. Press potatoes until they break apart, but not mashy. Heat small saucepan and melt the butter. Put some salt into the butter. Pour melted salty butter evenly over potatoes. Sprinkle pinked shallots over potatoes and lastly top with chopped parsley.

Pinked shallots
5 shallots
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp sugar or more
1/3 tsp salt

Peel and slice shallots thinly.
Mix with lemon juice and salt. The adjust the taste with sugar. Let it sit for 1 hour before using. Before use, fish out shallot and do not use the remaining liquid.

The potatoes tasted OMG. I mean, the dish itself. I'm a lover of all things sweet and sour (but I don't take dried pickled fruits, like sour plum. Not that I hate them but I don't really think of eating it, even when I'm pregs) The potatoes were slightly sweetish.. err.. or was it due to the pinked shallots.. kekeke. The pickled shallots were a perfect contrast to the buttery steamed potatoes. All I know is that I love love love this potato dish and if I were to see these purple spuds again, I'll definately get my hands on more. The colour actually turned nicer an hour later, compared to what you see in the pics, which was fresh and still hot.


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  1. What a clever idea of using the purple potatoes. I simply love the colours and presentation of this dish! Hmmm... the pickled pinked shallots sure goes well with the creamy potatoes.

  2. Oh I've always wanted to try out purple potatoes! Now you've just given me a reason to :) I love the combination of this dish sweet and sour (and healthy too!)

  3. I bought some and roasted them...tasted wonderful too. I will try your recipe when I get them the next trip to Tesco. Good for health definitely :)

  4. This is really one amazing dish! Love it :)

  5. Wendy, it is quite common in Singapore but I didn't know how to cook them. Now seeing yours, I will know what to do when I see them again. THanks for sharing.

  6. Oh wow, this is truly of them dishes that made you think out of the box! The color itself is something diff from our usual salads...very special indeed. ;)

  7. A beautiful and tasty potato dish and so simple to prepare!

  8. next time i will watch out for these potatoes too, make myself this or a simple salad!

  9. the visual is very impressive! Have to try & find these purple potatoes next time I m in Tesco..is it expensive compared to regular potatoes?

  10. Fong,
    Oh yes, I was enticed by Deb's presentation, which was why I copied it, except that I sliced my shallots

    Don't delay anymore, do try them, they're very healthy.

    Don't have oredi lor. I went on Monday, only left those "cut prices" ones, which are all sprouted.


    Yeah, I do agree that due to the colour, it just doesn't match Asian cooking. Maybe can make it into a mash too, or roast them together with yellow and pink potatoes to make a multicoloured potato dish.

    Sorry I can't take that compliment, hahaha! Too much.
    I was inspired by Deb, not my own juice :)

    Yeah, if you use half butter half olive oil, it'll be suitable for you too

    U were a bit too late, Tesco cleared their last stock of purple potatoes oredi. I hope you find them next time.

    Food Dreams,
    Depends `on which type of regular potatoes u are refering to, China imported, Holland imported or US russet. It's definately the priciest among the 3 I mentioned but it's still not the priciest that I've ever bought.n

  11. It looks so so nice. Wish i can find time to try it out!



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