A fresh batch of Sissy's Superb Potato Salad, garnished with a Begonia blossom from the late summer garden.
"Don't sell short the appeal of simple combinations of great flavors," writes Carol Ward in the comments to our previous post, "The Cold Turkey Cookbook Index to Recipes," reminding us of a summer staple we had forgotten to include:
Did you forget your easy, yet outstanding potato salad? Steamed potatoes with garlic, mayo and tarragon, as I recall - it was outstanding with the Spring Chicken. Don't sell short the appeal of simple combinations of great flavors. Most recipes call for boiling the spuds in water, but steaming made all the difference.
'Guess we did forget about it when we were compiling the Index to Recipes -- a work in progress -- yesterday. We've blogged about it before, but for the CTC, with hats off to Carol, here's the recipe, together with calorie counts:
Sissy's Superb Potato Salad
5 cloves garlic, chopped = 20 calories
1 tsp freshly ground pepper = 5 calories
1/2 cup [8 tbsp] light mayo = 320 calories
TOTAL = 525 for 4 servings = 131 calories per serving
Washed, halved and -- together with chopped garlic -- ready for the steamer.
Steam potatoes and garlic in the top of a double boiler till tender but not mushy, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl, coarsely chop and toss with pepper and mayo. That WAS easy.
*Blog title refers to Shakespeare's "Let the sky rain potatoes" from The Merry Wives of Windsor.
**Potato facts from The Cook's Thesaurus: "Potatoes with a high starch content, like russets, bake well and yield light and fluffy mashed potatoes. Those with a low starch content, like red-skinned potatoes, hold their shape after cooking, and are great for making potato salads and scalloped potatoes. Medium starch potatoes are called all-purpose potatoes, and they'll work in most potato dishes."