Robin Quivers' Mashed Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Gravy

Radio host Robin Quivers shows family medicine physician and clinical sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross how to prepare mashed potatoes with a twist — they're purple! Robin explains in her new book, The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life, that purple potatoes have more nutritional value than regular potatoes. Try this delicious new recipe that proves that holiday food can still be delicious without meat, cream or butter!

Mashed Potatoes

• 5 medium-size purple potatoes, peeled and quartered
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mushroom Gravy

• 2 tablespoons rice flour
• 3/4 cup water
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 cup diced onion
• 3 cloves garlic, sliced
• 12 ounces mixed wild mushrooms, such as shiitake, oyster, and maitake, cut into 1/4-inch pieces.
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
• 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Amino
• 1/2 cup red wine
• 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

• Place the potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large saucepot and add enough cold water to cover.
• Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes yield to a knife.
• Drain, and pass the potatoes through a ricer or food mill into a bowl. You can also mash by hand.
• Gradually add the oil, mixing to incorporate.
• Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the black pepper.
• Next, make the gravy. In a small bowl, combine the rice flour with the water. Reserve.
• In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
• Add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion is translucent.
• Add the mushrooms, herbs and black pepper, and saute until the mushrooms release their liquid, 5 to 7 minutes.
• Add the soy sauce or liquid aminos, wine and vinegar and cook until the liquid reduces by half.
• Stir in the flour-water mixture and cook until the entire mixture is thickened.
• Serve the mashed potatoes with the gravy.