Saturday, February 04, 2006
So tomorrow's the Super Bowl. (GO STEELERS!)
If you're going to a party, or hosting one, you might need a side salad. Potato salad is one of those things that I always think I'm going to like but often don't. Potato salad needs attention; it can be bland, which I really dislike, but it doesn't have to be. In a cookbook I recently bought called What to Cook When You Think There's Nothing in the House To Eat (I really like this book, by the way; it's out of print but still available on Amazon), I found a recipe for something called "Russian Potato Salad" which has become my recipe of choice. It's easy and delicious, and NOT bland.
First, take a couple of large potatoes and boil (this can take up to thirty minutes). Cool, peel, and dice. Add finely diced dill pickle and onion - the recipe calls for a quarter cup of each but I use more. The onion can be regular or scallion (green onion). Add a cup of peas (frozen are fine) cooked until just done and cooled under running water. Bind the salad with mayonnaise, thinned with a healthy dose of lemon juice. I like to throw some Dijon mustard in as well. This salad does not need salt but does need pepper. You can use white pepper, or fresh-ground black pepper if you prefer. The original recipe also calls for hard-cooked egg, which I usually leave out, but if you want to put it in, hard-boil an egg and finely dice the white and add to the salad; then sieve the yolk over the top of the salad. It does make a nice presentation.