Recipe: Berry Delicious Potato SaladAugust 01, 2014
Berries... and potato salad... mixed together?! Yeah, the same thoughts ran through my mind when I was asked to test run a recipe created for the Dairy Farmers of Canada by Chef Michael Allemeier of SAIT. The 2014 Real Cream program brought four Canadian chefs together to reinvent eight classic recipes with a seasonal cream & berry twist. It would seem to be an easy task given that cream and berries pair so well, but savoury berries and cream would pose a bit of a challenge.
What I love about this recipe is how readily available the ingredients are in the summer months. Practically every ingredient required for the recipe is always stocked in my kitchen or growing in my garden in the summer so I could theoretically whip this potato salad up whenever I please. The recipe is simple and straightforward, so easy to put together, and the berries really make the dish pop both in aesthetic and flavour. This side dish served cold is perfect for summer picnics and BBQs, and will definitely be the talk of the party.
BERRY DELICIOUS POTATO SALAD
(by Chef Michael Allemeier)
Classic summer yellow fleshed potato salad, bound with a creamy hard-boiled egg dressing, elevated with the addition of assorted berries and arugula for an unexpected twist.
5 medium yellow-fleshed potatoes (about 2 lbs/1 kg)
2 hard cooked eggs, peeled
½ cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup 35% whipping cream
¼ cup sour cream
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 green onions, green parts only, thinly sliced
¼ cup loosely packed, thinly sliced fresh mint
Salt to taste
2 cups (500 mL) mixed berries
1 cup (250 mL) firmly packed baby arugula leaves, stems removed
1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
1. Scrub potatoes and dice into ¾-inch (2 cm) pieces. Cook in large pot of salted water until tender. Drain well; let cool slightly.
2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mash eggs with a fork. Whisk in mayonnaise, whipping cream, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, onions, and mint, until creamy. Add warm potatoes to dressing; season to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
3. To serve, in a medium bowl toss berries, arugula and balsamic vinegar; reserve some of the berries and arugula. Fold berry mixture into potato salad. Serve in a bowl or on a platter; garnish with reserved berries and arugula.
Chef’s Tip: There are many varieties of yellow-fleshed potatoes. They have a wonderful flavour and texture, perfect for potato salad. Look for Yukon Golds, Agria and Kennebec potatoes – all of these are perfect for this salad.
Disclosure: All ingredients were provided by the Dairy Farmers of Canada for creation of this recipe, but all opinions are my own