Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 2011 Daring Cooks' Challenge Potato Salad

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This month's challenge was healthy potato salad also if we wanted we could enter our potato salad into a competition held by the U.S. Potato Board.

Jami Sorrento was our June Daring Cooks hostess and she chose to challenge us to celebrate the humble spud by making a delicious and healthy potato salad. The Daring Cooks Potato Salad Challenge was sponsored by the nice people at the United States Potato Board, who awarded prizes to the top 3 most creative and healthy potato salads. A medium-size (5.3 ounce) potato has 110 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium and includes nearly half your daily value of vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana!

Faux Gras Bleu Fromage Potato Salad
Faux Full Fat Blue Cheese Potato Salad
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I will share with you one of my favourite potato salads – I have experimented, tweaked and thoroughly researched this recipe over nine years to obtain (I think) the ultimate light and healthy yet unctuously delicious potato salad.

This toothsome potato salad is dressed with a lusciously tangy and deep flavoured Roquefort-like (blue) cheese dressing that is amazingly made from only non-fat yoghurt, light sour cream, crumbled cottage cheese, roasted garlic paste and a few herbs and spices – astonishingly these few ingredients when combined with bite-sized coloured potato pieces that have been oven roasted with a small amount of ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil, grainy mustard and sea salt crystals – produce a final dish that has all the mouth feel (tactile properties), taste (gustatorial sensations) and satiety (full belly feeling) of a high fat Roquefort (blue) cheese dressed potato salad!

Roquefort cheese is known as the “King of cheese” it is a ewe's milk blue cheese with a magnificent tingly pungent taste. The cheese is white, tangy, crumbly and slightly moist, with distinctive veins of green mould. It has a characteristic odour and flavour with a notable taste of butyric acid. Roquefort has the highest level of glutamates (feel good chemicals) of any naturally produced food. The overall flavour sensation of Roquefort cheese begins slightly mild, then waxes sweet, then smoky, and fades to a salty finish. These tastes and textures are replicated in this recipe by using synergistic ingredients that work together (because they have the same flavour components and mouth feel as blue cheese) to create a near perfect faux Roquefort dressing, these ingredients are; roasted garlic (for its tingle and deep mellow flavour base which waxes sweet then smoky), grainy mustard (for its vinegar tang and its grainy texture), non-fat yoghurt (which has the same base flavour components as Roquefort cheese and is rich in butyric acid the major flavour sensation in blue cheese), light sour cream (for its tang and mouth feel), cottage cheese (for its crumbly texture and it is rich in butyric acid), ghee (rich in butyric acid and its buttery taste) or olive oil (has a many of the same taste sensations as blue cheese), sea salt crystals which add lovely salty flavour bursts like Roquefort cheese, chopped spinach and parsley (for their green colour and they are a rich source of glutamates), chopped mint which contains a number of the same flavour components as blue cheese, a small amount of optional Scotch Whiskey (which contains a lot of the same olfactory components as Roquefort) which greatly enhances the flavour profile of the blue cheese taste sensation, some optional chopped roasted walnuts (or walnut oil) which are a rich source of glutamates and the oils in these nuts contain a lot of the same taste sensations as Roquefort which greatly enhances the blue cheese flavour of the finished dish and finally some optional creamy cow's milk blue cheese to intensify the overall flavour profile of the final dish.

Don't worry roasted garlic has a very mellow 'earthy' flavour that is totally different from raw harsh garlic.

I have served this a large number of times at parties and BBQs while watching TV sports with spicy hot buffalo (chicken) wings (since the wings can be made in the same oven because they need to be baked at the same temperature and time as the potatoes and garlic) it always receives rave reviews so no need to have a high-fat blue cheese dip or an unhealthy potato salad.

Some of the potato salad ingredients – I adore the blue potatoes they look so pretty
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The process of roasting the whole garlic head and making the garlic paste
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The coloured potato pieces oven roasted with ghee and grainy mustard
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Finished Faux Gras Bleu Fromage Potato Salad – garnished with chopped roasted red bell pepper (capsicum) and finely chopped garlic chives
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Faux Gras Bleu Fromage Potato Salad
Faux Full Fat Blue Cheese Potato Salad
Serves eight
A colourful and scrumptious potato that is dressed in a light and healthy Roquefort-like dressing, this salad is low in fat and salt but high in essential nutrients that lifts the spirit and nourishes the body.

Roasting Ingredients
3 lbs (1⅓ kg) small or medium potatoes, washed, scrubbed and cut into quarters (if small) or eighths (if medium), an equal ratio of white-fleshed, blue-fleshed and golden-fleshed potato is best, try to use at least two different types of potatoes if possible, you can use some orange-fleshed sweet potato or carrot if desired
3 large whole heads of garlic (about 3oz/85gm each), organic & unbleached, (cannot be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper (capsicum), if not using blue-fleshed potatoes, optional otherwise
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) OR olive oil (cannot be substituted)
1 tablespoon grainy mustard (cannot be substituted)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt crystals OR 1/2 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt (cannot be substituted)
Optional 1½ teaspoons of Scotch Whiskey (cannot be substituted this really adds to the blue cheese flavour)
Oil spray
Dressing Ingredients
1/2 cup cottage cheese, finely crumbled (cannot be substituted)
1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek (natural set) yoghurt (cannot be substituted)
1/4 cup plain low-fat sour cream (cannot be substituted)
Optional 1 tablespoon creamy cow's milk blue cheese (any sort of blue cheese is fine)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh spinach leaves (cannot be substituted do not use frozen spinach)
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley (cannot be substituted)
1/4 cup finely chopped mint or spearmint (cannot be substituted)
1/4 cup finely chopped garlic chives OR green (spring) onions
1/2 teaspoon sea salt crystals OR 1/2 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt (cannot be substituted)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Optional 8 walnuts, roasted and finely chopped OR 2 teaspoons walnut oil (cannot be substituted)

Alternative Suggested Garnishing ingredients
Chose a couple of these ingredients to garnish your finished potato salad. The marked (*) garnish ingredients have common flavour components with Roquefort cheese. I like black olives, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese and chives mainly for colour and mouth feel. For a special treat try toasted coconut flakes as a garnish it is fabulous. And fried Porcino mushrooms are sublime since they have almost the same flavour profile as Roquefort.
*1/4 cup of sliced baked black or green olives
1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
*1/4 cup fresh Porcino mushrooms, fried in a little olive oil (excellent with this salad)
*2 tablespoons toasted coconut flakes (surprisingly good with this salad)
*2 tablespoons turkey bacon, crisped and broken into small pieces
2 tablespoons finely chopped spinach OR chives
2 tablespoons finely chopped roasted red bell pepper (capsicum)
*2 tablespoons firm blue cheese, crumbled
*3 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled (try to get low salt and low fat if possible)
*2 tablespoons toasted bread crumbs or toasted croutons
*16 Pecan nuts roasted and chopped

You can have this potato salad at room temperature or hot (best with spicy chicken wings), I will start with the room temperature method first.
Method for room temperature salad
1. Preheat oven to hot 450°F/230°C/gas mark 8. Cover two shallow baking trays with foil and lightly oil spray.
2. Place the potatoes into a large bowl and coat with the oil and mustard (and the whiskey if using).
3. Cut the base off the garlic heads, leave on the papery casing, coat the cut-side with oil spray.
4. Place the potatoes and the garlic heads cut-side down in one layer over the two prepared baking trays. Sprinkle the potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt crystals.
5. Place into hot oven and bake (rotating the trays half way through) for 30-35 minutes or until a knife easily pierces one of the larger potato pieces you want to just roast them to a golden brown and tender, not crispy. Place the potatoes into a large bowl set aside to cool.
6. If using the red bell pepper (capsicum) cut into wide strips removing seeds and the white membrane spray lightly with oil. Place the strips under a broiler (grill) until the skins completely blacken. Place the strips into a small bowl covered with plastic wrap and a clean tea towel for 10 minutes remove blackened skin and chop finely.
7. Squeeze out the garlic from the roasted garlic head into a medium bowl mash with a fork until smooth. Add the yoghurt, sour cream, crumbled cottage cheese, creamy blue cheese if using, the chopped herbs and ground pepper – mix to just combine. If too thick you can thin it with some non-fat (skim) milk. Think pouring cream consistency.
8. Dress the cooled potatoes with the sour cream/roasted garlic/herb mixture (and the chopped red bell pepper (capsicum) and/or the chopped walnuts or walnut oil if using). Sprinkle on 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
9. Garnish as desired using the optional garnishing ingredients
10. Best served at room temperature or warm slightly in a microwave.

Alternate Method for hot salad
If you wish you can have the potato salad hot; bake the potatoes and garlic as above, prepare the dressing and garnishes as above (keep the potatoes hot while preparing these), then dress and garnish the still hot potatoes, serve immediately. Avoid leftovers since the dressing is absorbed (over time) into the hot potatoes making the salad less creamy and tasty.

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Thank you Jami for the fantastic challenge this will be so much fun seeing all the different potato salads from around the world. I have a couple of special Aussie potato salads coming soon. I have a large number of potato salad recipes on file and I'm just deciding which ones to do after the Aussie versions.

Indian Spiced Potato Salad
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This is a gorgeously colourful fingerling potato salad that can be served hot, at room temperature or cold. The recipe is based on the famous Indian curry called aloo matar (potato and pea curry). The dressing is a very mild sweet curry with no heat that colours the potatoes an exquisite ochre yellow, vibrant minted peas are added for flavour and colour and a garnish of dark purple beet(root) crisps add a wondrous deep earthy taste to the final dish. A grand amalgam of exotic tastes from the Indian subcontinent.

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Indian Spiced Potato Salad
Serves eight
Ingredients
3 lbs (1⅓ kgs) “fingerling” potatoes, washed and scrubbed
2 tablespoons sweet curry powder
2 tablespoons olive oil or ghee (clarified butter)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 medium onion, minced
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon mild vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1½ cups frozen minted baby peas, if using plain frozen peas add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped mint
1/4 cup beet(root) crisps, about 12 large crisps, crumbled
1/4 carrot, finely grated, optional garnish
Method
1. Microwave the fingerling potatoes in one layer (in batches if needed) on high for 5 minutes until fork tender. Peel and chop into bite sized pieces. Set aside and keep hot.
2. Heat the oil (or ghee) in a saucepan, add the mustard seeds fry until they start to pop about 1 minute. Add the minced onion and fry until translucent about 3 minutes. Add the curry powder, garam masala, ginger powder and garlic powder stir to coat onions and fry until aromatic about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste fry for about 3 minutes.
3. Add the water, vinegar and sugar, simmer until you obtain a paste the consistency of thin pouring cream (add more water as needed) about 3 minutes. Check for the balance of sweet/sour add a little more vinegar or sugar as needed, the paste should be mildly sweet with a spice over note.
4. Microwave the peas on high for 1 minute until bright green and hot throughout. Do not overcook.
5. Dress the hot potatoes and 3/4 of the peas with the curry paste, the potatoes will absorb the paste.
6. Garnish with the remaining peas and the crumbled beet(root) crisps. And if desired some finely grated carrot.
7. Serve hot, at room temperature or cold.

Chic Potato Salad
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A quick, easy and inexpensive recipe that yields a very elegant and sophisticated tasting potato salad that uses a most unusual dressing made from balsamic vinegar and strawberry conserve (a classic flavour combination) which piques the taste buds. The dressing is complimented with crisp turkey bacon pieces, mint, chives and sea salt. This potato salad has a lovely lingering after-taste that excites and stimulates the palate to want more and more. It has a refined air to it as if you had to tweak a couple of dozen ingredients and flavours to achieve the final balance of tastes, with each bite you encounter a new olfactory combination of the individual ingredients that is in this salad there is a tightly controlled gustorial oscillation between sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savoury that is just chic. If you use white balsamic vinegar the final salad has a lovely pink hue that is so pretty, the white version would be a great potato salad to serve at a romantic Valentines dinner.

The unusual dressing ingredients
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The potato salad made with black balsamic vinegar
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The potato salad made with white balsamic vinegar
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Chic Potato Salad
Serves eight
Ingredients
3 lbs (1⅓ kg) fingerling potatoes, white-fleshed, washed and scrubbed
10 strips of turkey bacon, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup finely chopped mint
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
2½ tablespoons strawberry conserve, about 50% berry content
2½ tablespoons black balsamic vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
2½ tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt crystals OR 1/4 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
Method
1. Microwave the whole fingerling potatoes (in batches if needed) on high for 5 minutes until fork tender. Peel and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside and keep hot.
2. In a small bowl mix the strawberry conserve and the balsamic vinegar, slowly add the olive oil while whisking vigorously until combined (or use a blender if desired). Check for the balance of sweet/sour add a little more conserve or vinegar as needed, you are looking for a slight strawberry after-taste.
3. Starting in a large cold saucepan, fry the turkey bacon pieces until crisp.
4. Add the potato pieces to the saucepan stir to coat evenly with the bacon pieces.
5. Add the dressing coat gently. Wait for the dressing to be absorbed and cool.
6. Add the chopped herbs, sprinkle with the salt crystals and serve.

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Tête à Tête Tea Potato Salads
These potato salads are delightful to have in those moments when you want a cup of tea and an intimate tête à tête with a friend. Their zingy flavour profiles based on black tea, fruit and herbs will help stimulate the palate and tongue to create the perfect environment for a wonderful conversation.

Science has shown that the flavour sensation of "potato" can be reproduced with a mixture of black tea, pickled cucumber juice, mustard, honey and butter this fact is used to obtain a strong harmonious flavour base to these potato salad. This base flavour is then enlivened with various fruits and herbs to produce two entirely different tea potato salads.

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Mango tarragon tête à tête tea potato salad
For a light breezy conversation try this potato salad. Black tea compliments the mango. mustard and honey while the tarragon gives a zingy anise kick.
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Ingredients
2 lbs (1 kg) fingerling potatoes, washed and scrubbed
Dressing
3 bags of strong black tea, steeped in 2 tablespoons hot water for 5 minutes
1/2 cup mango juice (with no added sugar)
1/2 cup mango, cubed
1 tablespoon pickled cucumber juice
1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, made from white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons chopped tarragon leaves and 6 tarragon flowers
Sprinkle of sea salt
If needed 1/2 teaspoon of potato starch (do not use cornstarch) cooked in 1/4 cup of boiling water until a thick clear paste is formed
Method
1. Microwave the finger potatoes (in batches if needed) on high for 5 minutes until fork tender. Peel and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside and keep hot.
2. Combine in a small bowl the tea, mango nectar, cubed mango, cucumber juice, and honey.
3. Add mustard in teaspoon amounts until you obtain a good balance between sweet and tangy. If the dressing is too thin add the potato starch paste until the consistency is of pouring cream.
4. Add dressing to the hot potatoes wait for the dressing to be absorbed and cool.
5. Garnish with the chopped herbs, herb flowers and a sprinkle of sea salt.
6. Serve with cucumber sandwiches

Pomegranate sage tête à tête tea potato salad
For a heavy and deep conversation try this potato salad it has a vibrant colour with a deep mellow flavour base. Pomegranate with tomato and potato is a classic flavour combination which is combined with crisp butter fried sage leaves to produce a thought provoking recipe.
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Ingredients
2 lbs (1 kg) fingerling potatoes, washed and scrubbed
Dressing
3 bags of strong black tea, steeped in 2 tablespoons hot water for 5 minutes
1½ tablespoons tomato paste, fried in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until the oil becomes bright red
1/2 cup pomegranate juice (with no added sugar)
1/2 cup of pomegranate arils (seeds)
1 tablespoon pickled cucumber juice
1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, made from white wine vinegar
2 tablespoon honey
12 sprigs of sage leaves fried in 1 tablespoon of butter until crispy
Sprinkle of sea salt
If needed 1/2 teaspoon of potato starch (do not use cornstarch) cooked in 1/4 cup of boiling water until a thick clear paste is formed
Method
1. Microwave the finger potatoes (in batches if needed) on high for 5 minutes until fork tender. Peel and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside and keep hot.
2. Combine in a small bowl the tea, fried tomato paste, pomegranate juice, pomegranate arils, cucumber juice, and honey.
3. Add mustard in teaspoon amounts until you obtain a good balance between sweet and tangy. If the dressing is too thin add the potato starch paste until the consistency is of pouring cream.
4. Add dressing to the hot potatoes wait for the dressing to be absorbed and cool.
5. Garnish with the crispy sage leaves, the butter and a sprinkle of sea salt.
6. Serve with rye sour dough grilled beef sandwiches.

Beet(root) coconut lime potato salad
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The usual reason to add high fat dressings (like mayonnaise and sour cream) to potato salad is make the finished dish as creamy as possible but there is a traditional method to cook potatoes that obtains a heavenly creamy and smooth interior texture – this technique is called brine boiling (also called salt potatoes or wrinkly potatoes). Brine (a mixture of salt and water) has a much higher boiling point temperature than normal water, this higher cooking temperature results in potatoes that are sublimely creamy, evenly cooked and smooth textured this is because the starch in the potatoes cooks more completely. As the potatoes cook, the salty water forms a crust on the skin and seals the potatoes so they never taste water-logged like ordinary boiled potatoes often do. The potatoes have a unique texture closer to fluffy baked potatoes, only creamier. The whole potatoes (that is with the skins on) do not absorb the brine so you will find that you might need to add extra salt to the final dish! So don't be afraid of the amount of salt used in the brine. Salt potatoes keep well in the refrigerator and are excellent if sliced thinly and fried for breakfast. The cooked salt potatoes have a wrinkled skin and are coated in a very very thin layer of fine salt (about 1/4 teaspoon per pound of potatoes). It is intriguing that using this boiling technique you get something very similar to baked potato. Also your guests will wonder how you got such a thin even layer of fine salt crystals on the skins.

These totally exquisite salt potatoes are dressed in a luscious and delectable beet(root), coconut and lime dressing which results in a salad that is smooth, creamy, “almost like a mousse” as a friend mentioned when tasting it, with a huge depth of flavour because the dressing is absorbed into the potatoes which results in a salad that has the flavour profile in the potato flesh itself.

The cooked salt potatoes, the boiling point of the brine was 230°F (110°C) as compared to the normal boiling point of water 212°F (100°C)
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Close-up of a salt potato notice the fine layer of salt on the skin, don't worry it is very very thin and only adds a tiny amount of salt to the final recipe (about 1/4 teaspoon per pound of potatoes), you can remove the skin if you desire. The brine is not absorbed into the potato.
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Notice how evenly cooked the salt potato is and the lovely creamy texture it has
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The beet(root) coconut and lime dressing it is so luscious and its colour is neon bright
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Notice how the salt potato has absorbed the dressing throughout its flesh this results in a very toothsome potato salad
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Brine boiled potatoes
Ingredients
For each 4 cups (1 litre) of room temperature water use 1 cup of sea salt (or kosher salt or rock salt), do not use table salt since it has anti-caking additives that inhibits the action of the salt. Do not use salt with added iodine. If you can find table salt without additives then use half the amount of salt.
3 lbs (1 1/3 kg) small whole evenly-sized new potatoes, DO NOT remove skins and DO NOT cut the potatoes
Method
Wash and scrub the potatoes, DO NOT remove skins and DO NOT cut the potatoes. Add the salt to the water add the potatoes cover the liquid with parchment paper cut to size. Heat till boiling, cover with lid and boil gently for 20-25 minutes until fork tender. Remove the cooked potatoes with tongs from the brine, let cool on a rack until a thin salt layer forms about 3-5 minutes remove skins if desired. Don't worry there is only a tiny amount of salt (about 1/4 teaspoon per pound of potatoes) on the wrinkled potato skins. Most people just add some butter and a small amount of chopped parsley or dill to the salt potatoes they are totally delicious.

Beet(root), coconut and lime potato salad
Ingredients
3 lbs (1 1/3 kg) cooked and cubed salt potatoes, (with or without skins) still hot
1 roasted large beet(root), chopped roughly, you can use canned or vacuum-packed beet(root), do not used pickled beet(root) or beet(root) canned in vinegar and sugar
3/4 cup light coconut cream OR 3/4 cup coconut milk, maybe a little more
juice of 2 limes OR 3 tablespoons of bottled lime juice
zest of 2 limes, finely chopped, if not using zest add a little more lime juice 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee OR 1 tablespoon kecap manis sauce, optional, this adds a lovely savoury note use this if serving the salad with roasted or grilled meat dishes
4 Kaffir lime leaves, stem removed finely chopped, optional but really nice if you can use it
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
1/4 cup mint, finely chopped
sea salt and pepper to taste
Method
In a blender add the beet(root), light coconut cream (or coconut milk), lime juice and paprika (and the optional instant coffee or kecap manis) pulse until smooth. Taste to check balance of beet(root) and coconut by adding extra lime juice as needed. If too thick add more coconut milk.
Add dressing to the hot potatoes wait for the dressing to be absorbed. Taste to check seasoning add salt and pepper as needed
Garnish with the chopped lime zest, Kaffir lime leaves, chives and mint.
Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
Serves eight.
You can replace some of the coconut milk with smooth goat's cheese (about 2 tablespoons) this version is excellent with strong game meat dishes.

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Caramelised asparagus onions with honeyed mustard bacon potato salad
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This marvellous hot salad uses tiny new potatoes and a rich slow-cooked dressing made with caramelised onion, asparagus, honey and mustard. The slowly cooked onion, garlic, asparagus and turkey bacon 'melt' into a lovely buttery sauce that is intensely flavoured and coloured. I have used canned potatoes on several occasions for this recipe they work very well.

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Caramelised asparagus onions with honeyed mustard bacon potato salad
Ingredients
3 lbs (1⅓ kg) tiny new potatoes, (about ½-1oz each), washed and scrubbed
2 lbs (900 gm) sweet white onions, (about 8 medium), finely chopped
1 head of garlic, finely chopped
12 strips turkey bacon, (low-fat and low-salt), finely chopped
1 tablespoon oil, (may need more)
1 bunch asparagus (about 12 spears), sliced thinly, reserve the tips for garnishing
3 tablespoons dark honey
3 tablespoons grainy mustard
pomegranate arils (seeds), from one piece of fruit for garnishing
½ teaspoon sea salt
Method
Starting with a large cold heavy skillet fry on a low heat and gently stirring occasionally the potatoes, onions, garlic, oil, bacon, and chopped asparagus for about 50 minutes, until the onions are caramelised and the potatoes are browned. Add the honey and grainy mustard cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened and aromatic. Cut the asparagus tips in half lengthwise, add and cook for 2 minutes until bright green. Serve immediately garnish with the pomegranate arils and sprinkle with sea salt. Serves twelve. (You can also do the recipe in the oven. Start in a cold oven add the first 6 ingredients to a lightly oiled baking tray and raise the temperature to slow 300C/150C/gas 2 and bake for about one hour. Add the mustard and honey stir and bake for about 3 minutes, serve and garnish. )

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25 comments:

Gayathri Kumar said...

What a delicious collection of salads...

Angela B. said...

Wow you weren't kidding when you said you tried different kinds. Lol! They all look so unique and tasty!

Marcellina said...

Amazing and informative as ever, Audax! I'm loving the (faux) blue cheese dressing!

chef_d said...

Those are all delicious Audax! But I am particularly intrigued with the mango!

Leandra said...

Woow!!! I love you Potato salad colection!! Really well done!

Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow said...

Wow! So many to choose from and they all look so amazing! Great job!

barb said...

so many varieties! An amazing job, and I love the innovations.

Renata said...

I love all your twists around the potato salads. I really admire your superb creativity and all the information you add to all of us. Congratulations and thank you so much!

My name is Andy. said...

They all look fabulous. After reading your post on DK I tried brining potatoes. Thanks for the tip!

blepharisma said...

Great stuff! I love how you dissect the eating experience, to make sure you cover all of the angles (flavour, texture, etc.) I'm craving some Roquefort now... or maybe some Roquefaux?

Jo said...

Marvelous! I am definitely going to try the salt brined potatoes, the texture looks wonderful, just how I like them.

Kat said...

I planted lots of blue potatoes in the garden this year. I love making potato salad with them. They're also quite good if you boil them, smash them, or stick them in a stew...
I need to experiment more with the dressings, so I'm definitely coming back to this post for inspiration once they're ready to dig up.

Creating Nirvana said...

I love roasted garlic! All of your potato salads look great. The Indian spiced potato salad presents so well on a plate.

hailey said...

oh wow Audax, those all look completely outstanding! I am so amazed by how you were able to take so many different takes on a basic idea. Those look wonderful, and I cant wait to try some of them!

Monkeyshines in the Kitchen said...

Love the salads - I still am drooling over the black tea/tarragon and the pomegranate/sage combinations. Of course potato salad with tons of roasted garlic also sounds divine! Thanks as always for the inspiration and encouragement.

FamilySpice said...

WOW! Which one to choose? I am not a big fan of blue cheese, but the pomegranate potato salad is calling my name! You have pomegranates available this time of year?

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Well you really have tried loads of great combinations.
I love the sound of the beetroot one although it looks a little odd. I wonder if my kids would think it looked ace and try it or if they would turn up their noses?

Morgan said...

As always, a wonderful array of flavors! They all look so tasty!

Claudia said...

Absolutely astonishing! You are the most creative chef on the web if you can take a simple potato salad and run with it like this. I have determined to cook my way through every one of them.

Sarah said...

You've outdone yourself again! I can't wait to try the blue cheese potato salad that was 9 years in the making. It does sound like the perfect side to buffalo chicken wings.

Lisa said...

OMG..I want to try them all! Especially the Indian and Beetroot coconut lime! What did you do with all of this potato salad, Aud? Well..I have no doubt it was devoured pretty quickly whereever they all ended up. They look fabulous..amazing, and the colors are gorgeous!

Lya de Putti said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - I LOVE the sound of the beetroot one. Am dying to try those salty potatoes. Jx

oggi said...

These are amazing! I love the variety and the vibrant colors.

Erica said...

They all look so tasty! What a delicious collection of salads...

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