Clean Eating Purple Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Basil

Purple Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Basil

This wonderful side dish is delicious for just about any main course!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 142 kcal
Author The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 large yellow onion (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • unrefined sea salt (to taste - I used Himalayan sea salt)
  • fresh ground black pepper (go taste)
  • 3 large organic purple potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt (for water)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup organic chicken stock (vegetable works too - heat stock up)
  • 2 tbsp. torn basil leaves
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground pepper to taste
US Customary - Metric


  1. Rinse dirt off of potatoes and leave skin on. Place potatoes in a large pot with 1 tablespoon of sea salt and enough cold water to cover by 2 inches.

  2. Bring potatoes to a boil over medium high heat and cook until tender. This should take around 25 minutes. To check the potatoes for doneness pierce with fork. While potatoes are boiling make the caramelized onions.

  3. In a medium sauté or fry pan add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sliced onions. Sprinkle onions with balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and black pepper and cook over medium heat.

  4. Cook onions for around 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent onions from burning. Onions should be a deep golden brown when done cooking. Set aside onions, cover and keep warm while you make the potatoes.

  5. Once potatoes are done cooking, remove them from pot and peel while still hot. Place peeled potatoes back in the pot you cooked them in and smash with a potato masher or large fork leaving slightly chunky.

  6. Sprinkle potatoes with sea salt, black pepper, and lemon juice and stir to combine well. Add olive oil and ¼ cup of hot chicken or vegetable stock and stir until well mixed. Taste and add more sea salt, pepper or stock if needed.

  7. Topped smashed potatoes with caramelized onions and torn basil leaves and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts
Purple Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Basil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 975mg42%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.