16 August 2007

Getting Back to the Simple Things in Life....

French Potato Salad
For every cook out there there is recipe for potato salad. The sky is the limit with what you can add everything but the kitchen sink. This is a great recipe to take on picnics because it does not use mayonnaise, so, no need to refrigerate. This recipe is adapted from the Barefoot Contessa cookbook. It is essential that you use fresh herbs because it's just not the same when you use dried. It is also important to use a good flavoured oil.

I am also going to include our favourite mayonnaise based potato salad recipe. Sometimes I add fresh peas from their pods and sometimes diced dill pickles.

Family and friends can just as easily be impressed by the simplicity and full bodied flavours of our every day simple foods as by the gourmet menus we take days to prepare. With all the wonderful fresh produce available at the markets right now it is time to put them to good use.

**French Potato Salad**
  • 1lb small white potatoes
  • 1 lb small red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons good dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 10 tablespoon good quality olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions (white and green parts)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • 2 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chiffonade

Cut potatoes in half, quarters if they are larger.

Steam until cooked (can be pierced easily with fork). You can boil if you prefer.

Drain in colander and place a towel over the potatoes to allow them to steam for 10 minutes more.
Place in a medium bowl and toss gently with the wine and chicken stock. Allow the liquids to soak into the warm potatoes before proceeding.

Combine the mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper and slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Add the vinaigrette to the potatoes. Add the green onions, dill, parsley and basil.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

**Our Favourite Potato Salad**
  • 2 lbs small red potatoes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use Miracle Whip which is more of a dressing and not mayo)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard ( I use French's Bold & Spicy mustard)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 green onions with tops, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice

Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil, cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain thoroughly and cool slightly.

Meanwhile combine the remaining ingredients. Cut potato into chunks; place4 in a bowl. Add the mustard mixture and toss to coat. I sometimes add peas or chopped dill pickles. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Serves 8 - 10

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  1. It cannot be summer without potato salad! I made two this past weekend for a BBQ but have not posted them yet. So much food, so little time!
    I really enjoy Barefoot Contessa. I have her Paris cookbook and try to catch her on TV a couple of times a week. I like her as she is so down to earth. No major hype! I also enjoy Tyler Florence from the food network also. Have one of his books too! I have way too many cookbooks, over 100 and keep adding. I love to go to the libray book sales. For a $1 a book I grab at least 2-5 every time I go. If I do not like them, I donate them back to the library for the next sale! (Wow, I am a bit chatty this morning.)

  2. I like Inta and Tyler as well!! I don't collect as many cookbooks as I once did. I find that the source I use lately is the internet. The last cookbooki I bought was "Rebar Modern Food Cookbook" by a vegetarian restaurant in Victoria by the same name and "The Foods of the Greek Islands" by Aglaia Kremezi ( I was in her cooking classes for 8 days on the island of Kea)

  3. Ooohhh, I really want to try that French Potato Salad. I am a potato lover, and LOVE potato salad!!

  4. Now there is something I want to do. A cooking class vacation!

  5. Hi Val,
    Both of those potato salads sound good! The first sounds as if it is drizzled in my 'house' dressing!
    I agree with you about the dill, it is great in potato salad, although I am sad to say I have never tasted fresh dill!

  6. I love Ina too and I love potatoes. Can't get enough. These look delicious.

  7. I have never done a potato salad but both of these sounds good.

  8. Hi Valli, I like warm potato salads more than the creamy types so your recipe sounds great to me. I am probably the only person who doesn't have their "own" or a fav. potato salad recipe...

  9. Both of those potato salads sound good, though the second one especially. I love adding Dijon to things. And I love Miracle Whip, though I try not to eat it too often!

  10. your photos just keep getting better..that salad looks inviting...
    Presto pasta night is one of my favorite days of the week, for sure!

  11. Valli, BOTH of these sound so wonderful, I don't know which I'd grab a big helping of first if they were sitting nearby! And the fresh herbs look so pretty in the salad...beautiful photos. :-) I also love the dash of lime you have added to your "Our Favourite Potato Salad" recipe...what a great idea!

  12. The potato salad looks delicious dressed with fresh herbs. You can't go wrong with the Barefoot Contessa - I love her shows.

  13. I love a potato salad chuck full of fresh herbs. This looks delicious and you are right about there being a potato salad recipe for every cook-amateur and professional!

  14. I love potato salad! Both of your recipes look great!

  15. I love potato salad and I love how you can change them up so mauch - all you really need are potatoes and something to make a dressing!

  16. I love to try different potato salads. Isn't it amazing how many variations there are on the same thing? Your variations look delicious!

  17. One of my favourite comfort foods to eat is potato salad. I am gonna give the french one a try.
    I love your blog and I have added you to my blogroll at pennypinchers pantry.
    love linda xx


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