Best Potato Recipes: Purple Potato Towers with Carrot Chips


Made with only local ingredients, these mashed purple potato towers take advantage of all the seasonal goodies popping up at your local market during the colder season. Potatoes are a perfect winter comfort food – they can be stored all winter long and be prepared in many ways. Give this dish a try and fall in love with its soul-soothing powers.

Mashed potatoes is the most loved and devoured side dish—using purple potatoes is a tasty way to add a pop of color to your plate!

Purple Potato Towers

Difficulty Level: Average

Cooking Time: 45 minutes (potato boiling time included)

Servings: 4 (as a side dish)


800 g purple potatoes
130 g olive oil
1 large carrot
Chili flakes
½ tablespoon salt

Please Note! You will need a potato ricer. Ask your Mum or Grandma if you don’t have one.

Step 1: Prepare the Carrot Chips

Peel carrot and cut into long thin strips using a vegetable peeler.

Spread carrot strips onto a baking sheet and bake at 100°C for 25 minutes – using a fan assisted oven works best.

Hint: For the more skilled chef, you could fry the carrot strips right away, but this is a bit tricky.

Step 2: Boil the Potatoes

While the carrots are baking in the oven, wash the potatoes and put them in a saucepan. Cover with water (approx. 6 to 7 cm) and with a lid and bring to a boil over medium heat for 25 minutes.

Step 3: Prepare the Mashed Potato Mixture

Drain potatoes and set aside to cool for ten minutes. Then is the time to use Mum’s potato ricer: Push the boiled potatoes through the ricer’s sheet of small holes into a bowl.

Add olive oil and salt and mix until well combined. Upon preferred taste, you can season the mixture with nutmeg or chili flakes.

Season with salt to taste and cover to keep warm.

Purple Potatoes

Purple potatoes have been valued in South American culture as “food of gods” for centuries, but these tubers have recently grown in popularity in Western culture due to its unique, vibrant color and health benefits. Purple potatoes are grown on a small scale in Tirol and can be found at specialty grocers and local farmers markets. They have a blue-purple to almost black outer skin and a starchy and dense inner flesh that’s brilliant purple, even after cooking.

Step 4: Fry the Carrot Chips

Remove the carrot strips from the oven. If they are still soft and tender, deep fry them in oil.

Hint: Fry carrots in small batches, 2-3 at a time, until crisp.

Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Step 5: Prepare the Mashed Potato Towers

Scoop mashed potatoes into a ring mold set down on a plate.

Pack tightly with your fingertips to help keep the shape. Carefully lift the mold, twisting slightly (sandcastle-style) to create a perfect mashed potato tower.

Hint: If you don’t have a ring mold, you can use a small can instead. In a spirit of do-it-yourself resourcefulness, remove the bottom with a can opener and wash thoroughly.

Garnish with the crisp carrot chips, which is best done using cooking tweezers.

Drizzle with pumpkin seed oil. Finish with a sprinkle of ground pumpkin seeds and serve.


This recipe was created by Oscar Germes Castro who runs the sophisticated one-man restaurant named “Oscar kocht” (Oscar Cooks) in Innsbruck. The Mexican native who has found a second home in Tirol serves Vegetarian, Tirol-inspired dishes in a contemporary casual environment with locally sourced, organic ingredients.

Photos by Charly Schwarz

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Having worked overseas for years, Klaus Brunner came back home to explore Tirol with camera and microphone in tow. Home is where your heart is.

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