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Purple roasted potatoes with garlic, thyme and green chile peppers

Purple Potatoes Roasted with Garlic

The intense color of these purple potatoes makes them a unique side dish. Roasting them in olive oil with garlic and thyme infuses them with a beautiful savory flavor.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 313kcal


  • 2 pounds purple potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped in a food processor
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 roasted chile peppers


  • Mise en place, gather all ingredients.
  • Heat oven to 400
  • Brush a large rimmed baking pan or roasting pan with olive oil or spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Using a mini-food processor or chopper, chop the garlic.
  • Scrub and wash the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces.
  • Toss them in a bowl with the minced garlic, most of the thyme springs, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Arrange the potatoes in a single layer in the prepared pan.
  • Roast the potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned and tender, occasionally turning.
  • Move the potatoes to a large serving bowl and stir in the chopped roasted green chile peppers.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.


Combine equal amounts of red potatoes, white or gold potatoes, and purple potatoes to make about 2 pounds. This is nice for a 4th of July side dish recipe.
Root Vegetables With Purple Potatoes: Use 1 pound of purple potatoes, 1 pound red-skinned potatoes, 2 small peeled and cut-up turnips, and 1/2 to 1 cup of rough chopped carrots. Add 1 onion, cut into wedges, and add fresh parsley in place of the thyme. Omit the chile peppers
Rosemary Roasted Purple Potatoes: Replace the thyme with 2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary. Omit the chile peppers if using Rosemary.
PRO TIP Heat the sheet pan in the oven for about 10 minutes before adding the potatoes. That hot pan will give you a jump start on crisping the outside of the potatoes.


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg