One of my favorite summer side dishes… is this Warm Red Potato Salad. Usually, potato salad calls for the standard mayo & mustard mix. But while playing with an idea for a spread for a German burger idea I’m also working on… I thought this might be quite tasty mixed into a red potato salad, as well. And… I was right!
(serves 10 people)
3-4 lbs Red Potatoes
5 hard-boiled eggs
1 bunch green onions
5-6 stalks of celery
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons Horseradish
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup Mayonnaise (for a healthier option, I use Hellman’s With Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch powdered Cayenne pepper
Wash & dice potatoes into small 1/2 inch pieces. Do not peel. Red potato skins are not as grainy as russet and you’re adding about 2 grams of fiber per serving if you leave the skins on. Plus, they add color and texture to your dish.
Dice potatoes into 1/4″-1/2″ pieces. Boil until tender and drain. Roughly 15-20 minutes on medium heat.
Wash green onions, chop off ends and discard. Slice remaining stalks finely.
Wash and trim celery stalks. Save leafy pieces for garnishing later. Slice each stalk length-wise into 3-4 strips, then dice.
Chop boiled eggs (including yolks) into 1/2 inch pieces.
While potatoes and eggs are still warm, add all above ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
To make sauce get a small mixing bowl and add the mayo, horseradish, sour cream, mustard, salt & pepper. Mix well until completely blended.
Pour about half the sauce over your bowl of potato mixture and stir until well covered. Continue to add sauce until completely covered. If you have any remaining sauce, be sure to save it! You’ll be amazed at all the things it can be used for…
Final step: Use leafy pieces from celery to garnish edge of bowl or plate. The leftover ends from scallions work well, too. Enjoy!
The Perfect Bite
Of course, you know what I’m going to say… stack your fork with a bite of potato, egg, and a little onion. And there you have it… the Perfect Bite.
The Perfect Pairing
Since this is a side dish… I want to suggest a perfect main dish pairing, as well as a beverage pairing. The subtle tangy-ness of this salad beautifully compliments a hearty meat course like polska kilbasa or bratwurst on the grill. You can even the sausages to the salad and turn it into a main course. Just butterfly the links and throw them on the grill.
The perfect beverage to go with this salad is a wheaty summer brew like Yazoo’s Hefeweizen. Yazoo is a local Nashville Brewery with some of my favorite beers (and one of my favorite photography sites). If you’re in the Nashville area, be sure to stop by for a tasting and pick up a half-gallon “growler” of your favorite ale!
Did You Know?
Horseradish contains significant amounts of glucosinolates, compounds that have been shown to increase the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and may suppress the growth of cancerous tumors. Horseradish is also said to aid digestion and it also contains compounds known to fight against pathogens in food, such as listeria, E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus.