Thursday, July 28, 2011

Crisp Garlic Oven Fries with Purple Potatoes

Crisp Garlic Oven Fries with Purple Potatoes recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Crisp on the outside and roasted until fluffy on the inside, these potatoes were a simple side dish to prepare on a night when I really didn't feel much like cooking. Lucky for me, my man decided to spoil me and make the rest of dinner on the grill. We are not grilling experts by any stretch of the imagination, but we are learning and he did an excellent job. Dinner was delicious and it was made even more wonderful by the fact that he did all the clean up as well. I love that man! 

Question for you, have you ever eaten purple potatoes? I was fascinated by them when I stumbled on them at the market the other day. They tasted about the same to me as the other potatoes in this batch. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to tell the difference blindfolded.

I've looked around online and found some information that led me to believe these might be a healthier potato option. I've read a couple articles that implied these potatoes are packed with antioxidants due to their coloring.  I have already added these lovelies to our garden list for this fall, but I'd love to know if they really are healthier.

Crisp Garlic Oven Fries with Purple Potatoes
(printable recipe)

2.5 lbs red, yellow and purple fingerling or baby potatoes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus a bit more for greasing the baking sheet
1 teaspoon garlic powder
course sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and place oven racks on the very top and on the very bottom levels. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside. Quarter the potatoes lengthwise and place in a large bowl.

Drizzle with olive oil and toss with your hands to coat. Sprinkle generously with garlic, salt and pepper. Toss again with your hands. Spread potatoes out across the baking sheet, skin side down. Sprinkle once more with salt and pepper.

Bake at 425 for 25 minutes, or until tender. Pierce with a fork to test tenderness. Then move potatoes to the top rack and set oven to broil. Broil for just a couple of minutes (do not even step away from the oven) until they are browned and crispy on the outside. Enjoy!

Crisp Garlic Oven Fries with Purple Potatoes recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

18 comments:

  1. Oh your site looks delicious and this plate of crispy fried with the hints of purple all about are gorgeous. Wonderful flavors and method. So glad you stopped by the other day, I am following you now and can't wait to see what else you cook up!

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  2. I love the purple potatoes! Tiffanie made them last week but made them into baked potato chips they were so good!!! I love the way you added them to your dish they made it so pretty with that nice color!

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  3. We grew them last year and I loved them!! They don't do well in soups though lol its not a taste thing though it was the fact that they turned a really nasty gray when boiled.

    I too heard they are healthier, I also found out diabetics can enjoy them also--they aren't starchy so not as much sugars in them.

    Looks good!! I need to harvest some potatoes so I can do a bake again :)

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  4. The potatoes look terrific. I like purple potatoes - they taste great and have such a beautiful color.

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  5. I roasted these potatoes recently for the first time. I had not heard about them being a better startch choice, but am happy to hear it. These look wonderful! Sounds like you have a great husband.

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  6. One more reason I wish I had planted my own potatoes this year! Mmm..

    Blessings, Debbie

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  7. Never had purple potatoes although I've read about them on food blogs. It's good to know they are a better starch choice, not to mention how pretty they look in the photos.

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  8. I do this with just plain redskin potatoes. I have enough picky eaters without giving them "funny looking" food! Glad your hubby took over the rest of the meal; it's nice to get a break sometimes.

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  9. These look totally beautiful!

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  11. Mary, whenever I see multicolor packets of potatoes, I will never fail to buy some. The colorful potatoes actually make the dish looks more inviting isn't it? I know that any blue and purple color fruits and vegetables are packed with anti-oxidants, at least that was what my Quay Lo told me. The next time you make these potatoes, try add some thyme and rosemary, they will taste even better:D

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  12. These taters look fabulous...I love using the purple one, the color is awesome.

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  13. Your potatoes look so incredibly delicious!! I've never had purple potatoes before, but I sure would love to try them! I'll be on the look out for them! :)

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  14. I have never even SEEN purple potatoes, how cool is that! I am a fan of all things purple so I'm sure they must be healthier for you :)

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  15. I have never been able to find purple potatoes at the store, but I love how they look and usually love the recipes they are used in!

    Love the blog - am your newest follower!

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  16. The vibrant color of the potatoes make this dish special. I don't know if they are healthier than regular potatoes but they sure are prettier. I'll ask a grower at the farmers' market tomorrow.

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  17. Not sure about the healthy thing but it can't be bad for you. You just gave me my idea for what to do with the klondike rose potatoes I have for a side tonight.

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