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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Simple Summer Potato Salad

I have a client who I routinely do cooking demonstrations for, as well as cooking classes. Wednesday, they called to ask if I would come to their location, and do a cooking demo for 8 people, while they entertained clients. Happily, I moved a few things around on my agenda and sat down to write a menu.

To me, cooking in the summer is all about what's fresh, available, and quick. Life moves quickly and summer is even speedier, so I don't like to spend too much time stirring pots and washing dishes. I went to the market and selected some really nice ribeye steaks, and then shopped the produce section. For a side, I wanted something simple, refreshing, and colorful. I noticed that there was a bag of really attractive potatoes - a blend of red, Yukon Gold, and purple. The colors were bright and always make for an appealing plate presentation, so I decided to go with a potato salad, dressed with vinaigrette, and garnished with smoked bacon, grape tomatoes, scallions, and Maytag blue cheese.

I make my own vinaigrette, utilizing what's in my pantry (I always keep Dijon mustard, red wine & cider vinegars and olive oil), and if I have fresh herbs, I add those too. In this case, I had chives, so those were incorporated. If you do not want to make your own vinaigrette, you can purchase a vinaigrette that you like, and use that instead. If the vinaigrette you selected off the shelf isn't all you had hoped for - doctor it up to suit your tastes!

If you're organized, you can pull this meal off in under 45 minutes. The great thing about these types of potatoes is that you don't have to waste time peeling them. If you decide to use purple potatoes, cook them separately so that the Red Bliss & Yukon Gold's don't discolor. This salad can be enjoyed cold, hot, or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Simple Summer Potato Salad

2 lbs. potatoes (Yukon, Red Bliss, etc.), washed and cut into halves or quarters

8 oz. good quality bacon, cooked and drained, then crumbled
3 - 4 oz. Maytag blue cheese, crumbled

1 bunch scallions, washed and sliced on the bias
2 c. grape tomatoes, washed and sliced in half

Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Salt & pepper to taste

Cover the potatoes with cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until they are fork tender. Drain and set aside.

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the bacon. Drain the cooked bacon on paper towel, then crumble and set aside.

Slice the scallions and tomatoes. Set aside.

Prepare the vinaigrette.

Toss all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until all of the ingredients are evenly dressed. Serve with chicken or beef.

2 tablespoons sherry or cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon minced shallot
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with the shallot and Dijon mustard. In a thin, steady stream, whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

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Blogger william marshall said...

Sounds tasty.

August 16, 2011 at 4:07 PM 

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