Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer Potato Salad

Just because the 4th of July has come and gone (p.s. when did THAT happen?!), doesn't mean you're not still hovering over the grill, nibbling down ears of corn like an old-fashioned typewriter and trying to make the most of all the fresh, seasonal eats. Growing up I used to hate potato salad--the globs of yellowing mayonnaise glistening behind grocery store deli counters just didn't seem appetizing to me. I got on the German-style, vinegar-only kind bandwagon for a while...and then, I grew up. I grew up and realized potato salad was actually pretty good with both vinegar and mayonnaise. So when I picnic or enjoy a summer BBQ, I make this potato salad. May you enjoy it!

*These measurements are not necessarily exact. Use your judgement foodies and suit it to your taste!

Summer Potato Salad (serves about 4)

- 1 lb. small red potatoes or baby yukon gold potatoes (or even a mix)
- 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 large shallot or 2 medium shallots, roughly chopped/diced
- Large bunch of chives, finely chopped
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Put the potatoes in a pot of water with a few pinches of kosher salt. Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat and then simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender enough to poke with a fork. When the potatoes are tender and done, drain them in a colander and let them cool off sufficiently before you slice them into quarters/halves (bite-sized). 2. Finely chop the bunch of chives and roughly chop the shallots. You can add more of both to taste. But be careful--despite being smaller than an onion, shallots pack a powerful punch!
3. Once the potatoes have cooled and have been cut, place them in a large bowl. Note: make sure they are cool, otherwise your mayo will get into a funky consistency with the hot potatoes (not pretty). Add the chopped chives and shallots. Next, add the mayonnaise, dijon mustard and red wine vinegar. Add a dash of salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Stir completely so that all of the ingredients are mixed well. Serve and enjoy!

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