Purple Potato Gnocchi

I was inspired to make a purple potato recipe after watching the Netflix show “Live to 100.” This show highlights life in the blue zones of the world. If you aren’t familiar with the term, blue zones are areas of the world that statistically have more centenarians than anywhere else. One of the areas of life they discussed was their diet, and these beautiful purple potatoes were a staple in one of the areas. Rich in antioxidants, these purple potatoes make vibrant and delicious dishes, and these purple potato gnocchi are no expection.

Why you’ll love purple potato recipes

  • Purple sweet potatoes are a good source of beta-carotene but are an even richer source of anthocyanin pigments, which act as antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. 
  • This particular purple potato gnocchi recipe is the perfect mix of health and indulgence. Pillowy gnocchi make this dish a warm and cozy dish, while providing all the health benefits of purple potatoes.
  • Purple potatoes give these gnocchi a vibrant purple color, so not only are they the perfect vessel for your favorite sauce, but they are also beautiful!

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Sauce Pan – for boiling potatoes and then boiling the gnocchi.
  • Colander – For draining both the potatoes and the cooked gnocchi.
  • Potato ricer – If you don’t have a potato ricer, that’s ok! You can just mash the potatoes really well after they are peeled and cooked. The ricer just makes it a lot easier.
  • Large Bowl – For mixing the riced potatoes and flour.
  • Knife – Use the knife for making a shallow cut around each potato, for easy peeling after cooking.
  • Measuring Cups – This is only for measuring the flour, so you can also eyeball this.

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Ingredients & substitutions

  • Purple potatoes – I used Dutch Blue potatoes. They are a small variety of purple potatoes, but there are lots of them out there. I bought mine at a farmer’s market from a local farmer, but if you don’t have access to anything local, the Little Potato Co. has a purple variety. They can be found in many grocery stores.
  • All Purpose Flour – Just plain flour! I have not tried this with whole wheat flour or any other flour, so I can’t tell you if those flours will work or not.

How to make this homemade potato gnocchi

Step 1. With a knife, run a shallow cut around each potato. This will help with peeling the potatoes after boiling.

Step 2. Boil a pot of water, and salt like the ocean. Probably a tbsp of salt in the water.

Step 3. Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes and boil until they are soft all the way through.

Step 4. Once the potatoes are cooked through, remove the pot from the heat and pour potatoes into a colander in the sink. Run cold water over the potatoes to stop cooking and cool the potatoes.

Step 5. Once the potatoes are warm to the touch, pinch each side of the skin and slide the skin off the potatoes. Do this with each potato. Discard the skin.

Step 6. Put the potatoes into the potato ricer and mash them.

Step 7. Once all the potatoes are mashed, add the flour and kneed it together to create a dough.

Step 8. Roll the dough into a long snake. If the dough is sticky, flour the table slightly. 

Step 9. Cut the snake into bite sized pieces.

Step 10. Boil water once again. Don’t forget to salt like the ocean! Once the water is boiling, put the gnocchi into the water and let them boil for 3-5 minutes. The gnocchi will float once they are done.

Step 11. Remove from the water and serve with your favorite sauce. I used basil pesto.

FAQs about purple potatoes

Are purple potatoes healthier than regular potatoes?

Their signature dark-hued flesh is not only eye-catching, but is full of added nutrition as well. Purple potatoes’ nutrition is worth noting! They contain the same nutrients as russet potatoes (such as fiber, potassium, and B vitamins), but what sets them apart is their antioxidant content.

Are purple potatoes good for diabetics?

Purple Potatoes Also Reduce Blood Sugar. Purple potatoes may be better than their paler cousins in terms of blood-sugar impact as well. Research in the journal Food & Function discovered that the higher level of antioxidants in these dark-hued tubers may be related to a lower glycemic index.

Which potato has the most antioxidants?

Purple-flesh potatoes with high amounts of polyphenols and anthocyanins have shown benefits in several health studies, including induction of apoptosis, anti-cancer and anti-diabetes properties and promotion of gut health

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Purple Potato Gnocchi

Light and pillowy purple potato gnocchi are so vibrant, and just as delicious
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • 1 colander
  • 1 potato ricer
  • 1 Large Bowl
  • 1 Knife
  • Measuring Cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups purple potato mash about 1 lb raw purple potato
  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • water for boiling
  • salt for the water

Instructions
 

  • With a knife, run a shallow cut around each potato. This will help with peeling the potatoes after boiling.
  • Boil a pot of water, and salt like the ocean. Probably a tbsp of salt in the water.
  • Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes and boil until they are soft all the way through.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked through, remove the pot from the heat and pour potatoes into a colander in the sink. Run cold water over the potatoes to stop cooking and cool the potatoes.
  • Once the potatoes are warm to the touch, pinch each side of the skin and slide the skin off the potatoes. Do this with each potato. Discard the skin.
  • Put the potatoes into the potato ricer and mash them.
  • Once all the potatoes are mashed, add the flour and kneed it together to create a dough.
  • Roll the dough into a long snake. If the dough is sticky, flour the table slightly.
  • Cut the snake into bite sized pieces.
  • Boil water once again. Don’t forget to salt like the ocean! Once the water is boiling, put the gnocchi into the water and let them boil for 3-5 minutes. The gnocchi will float once they are done.
  • Remove from the water and serve with your favorite sauce. I used basil pesto.
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