My Favorite Roasted Potato Salad

My Favorite Roasted Potato Salad

“Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid

 

Roasted Potato Salad is next level potato salad. The potatoes are roasted prior to combining all the ingredients and what you get is flavor-loaded goodness in every single bite. Once you try this roasted version, regular ole potato salad will pale in comparison! Looking for more great potluck options? Try my Bacon Chicken Bites or Macaroni Salad!

 

What is Roasted Potato Salad?

Simply put, the potatoes are cubed, seasoned, and roasted prior to assembling. This means that every single bite of potato is loaded with amazing flavor. It’s not too soupy, it’s not bland, and it’s not dependant on temperature for serving… hot or cold, it’s amazing.

 

Roasting vs Boiling

I served this recipe to friends at a BBQ recently and even though the guests loved it, one friend explained that she hates turning on her oven in the summer. I totally understand that, but when it comes to potato salad, you are going to heat up your kitchen no matter what. I have stood over plenty of pots of boiling water and know how quickly the steam can warm a space.

Once you try this roasted version of potato salad, you will know that it’s absolutely worth it to turn on the oven

 

How To Roast Potatoes

The potatoes are the star of the show in this recipe. But there are a few tricks to making sure the final product is perfection.

Use a smaller potato-like baby reds or fingerlings. Take a few minutes to make sure the cubes are consistent in size. When roasting the potatoes you want them to bake evenly, making sure there are not underdone or overdone pieces. When they are all the same size, they will all get perfectly crispy.
Cube the potato into 1-inch pieces. I have made this salad for several years now and often try new variations to see if I can make it prettier or taste better. For instance, I tried roasted potato wedges. While I thought these looked the best (people do eat with their eyes first!), the larger cuts of potatoes meant that there was a lower seasoning to potato ratio.
Make sure the potatoes are dry before adding the olive oil and seasoning. Now, my grandma is a huge fan of washing potatoes after they have been chopped and letting them sit in a cold water bath. I do not wash the potatoes for this salad. (Edited to add, I do not wash the potatoes AGAIN after I have cut them. I do wash before cutting.) I want a super crispy outer edge with a soft interior.
Prepare your pan. We often use aluminum foil to completely cover the pan (easier clean up), but you can also use parchment paper or Silpat. I often add a teaspoon of oil to the pan and rub it evenly over the foil with my hand in an attempt to keep the potatoes from sticking. You can also use non-spray or nothing at all.
Don’t crowd the pan. A nice, even layer of potatoes that aren’t too close together is key. You want the beautiful crispy deliciousness on every side.
Don’t skimp on the seasonings. I opted for salt, pepper, and season salt. After many years of trial and error; using garlic salt, cayenne, red pepper flakes, onion powder, turmeric, ground mustard… you name it!… the final result was that less is more. Roasted potatoes come alive with olive oil, salt, and pepper! There is mustard, onion, dill, and bacon in this recipe and you want to taste all of those ingredients, not have them be a secondary flavor.
Don’t turn them too much. I usually flip the potatoes once during roasting, making sure that one side is completely crispy before doing so. The overall baking time is anywhere from 30-45 minutes and will vary from oven to oven. I keep an eye on them after the flipping because while crispy is the goal, burnt is not.

 

What is in Roasted Potato Salad?

The ingredients in this potato salad are each important and add to the fantastic end product.

Potatoes – Roasted to perfection and added to the other ingredients when warm.
Bacon – We prefer crispy bacon. I bake it in the oven for 18-22 minutes at 415°F. I don’t recommend chewy bacon in this recipe.
Eggs – Hard boiled of course. I prefer to cut the eggs into 4 wedges. I like a big bite of the egg as the soft texture and mild flavor really compliment the well-seasoned potatoes. You can certainly cut the eggs smaller if that is your preference.
Red Onion – While I love adding red onion and recommend it, I have also used shallots and green onion. You want to use an onion that can hold it’s own, that offers texture as well as beauty to the final product. A small dice is my preference, my husband sometimes slices the onion and separates it into individual curved pieces.
Mayonnaise – Basic is best. No fancy flavors, variations, or substitutions needed for the mayo. Side note: I did not like Greek Yogurt in this recipe… it doesn’t work as well as mayo when combined with the warm potatoes.
Mustard – Plain old yellow mustard. If you only have dried mustard on hand, you can use it but the recipe will change a bit. Generally speaking, 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard equals 1 teaspoon of dried mustard. However, because yellow mustard has other ingredients like vinegar, turmeric, paprika, salt, and garlic, you will need to add extra liquid to this recipe. If you use 1 teaspoon of dried mustard in place of the yellow, also add 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar.
Dill – Dried dill is what the recipe calls for. You can certainly use fresh if it is what you have. The substitution is easy, one tablespoon of fresh equals one teaspoon of dried. I used 1/4 teaspoon of dried dill weed in this recipe so you would use 1 teaspoon of fresh dill weed. (Not dill seed.)
Salt & Pepper – We love salt & pepper and use it liberally in cooking. But you will want to add salt & pepper to taste. If you want less salt, feel free to add everything but the salt, mix the ingredients and then taste test.
Parsley – This is just for color and totally optional. I just love a fresh pop of green on this potato salad!

 

Bring it All Together

I mentioned that I like to assemble this potato salad when the potatoes are warm. The reason for this is that the mayo and seasoning infuse into the potatoes and create magic as you’ve never experienced in a potato salad before. However, if I am serving this to a big group I will sometimes make the potatoes, bacon, and hard boil the eggs the day before and then heat the potatoes and bacon a bit right before assembling.

Once you a ready just stir everything together and serve! This does not need to be refrigerated before serving, but you can absolutely make it the day before and serve it cold. If you are serving it cold, be sure to keep it cool.

 

How to Keep Potato Salad Cool Outside

Set the bowl on a bed of ice. Simply add a couple of ice cubes to a larger bowl and place your smaller serving bowl inside.

 

INGREDIENTS

POTATOES
  • 3 pounds red potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Lawry’s season salt, see notes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
SALAD
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 8 pieces bacon, cooked and diced
  • 6 large eggs, hard boiled to the doneness you prefer
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

POTATOES
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare a sheet pan by lining with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place cubed potatoes on a baking pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and season salt. Drizzle olive oil over top and then use your hands to toss the potatoes, making sure every single piece is coated.
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy. Turn once half-way through baking.
  4. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before adding to the salad.
SALAD
  1. In a large bowl, add potatoes, onion, bacon, eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, dill weed, and salt & pepper. (You can reserve 1-2 eggs to set on top instead of mixing in.)
  2. Using a spatula, gently stir the ingredients until fully combined and every potato is covered.
  3. Can be served warm or refrigerated until ready to serve. If refrigerating, place in an airtight container.
  4. Optional: Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

 

 

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The Soft Scramble Sandwich

The Soft Scramble Sandwich

To get the most flavor out of this open-faced breakfast sandwich, look for spring onions with round bulbs and very tender dark green stalks. If you can find only thicker-stalked spring onions, cut the stalks in half lengthwise, then into 3″ pieces. Cook the stalks along with the bulbs; they’ll benefit from the extra time.

 

Ingredients:

2 SERVINGS

  • 8 spring onions
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta
  • 1 oz. finely grated Parmesan (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 5×5″ pieces focaccia
  • 4 large eggs, beaten to blend

 

Preparation:

Step 1

Place a rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°. Trim woody ends of spring onions. Separate white bulbs from green parts with a knife. Cut bulbs in half through the root end; if size varies wildly, cut larger bulbs into quarters. Cut tender green parts of stalks into 3″ pieces; set aside separately from bulbs.

Step 2

Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a 10″ nonstick skillet over medium until foaming. Add onion bulbs and toss to coat in butter; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until deeply golden brown and starting to soften, 4–5 minutes. Add vinegar, onion stalks, and ½ cup water and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until almost all liquid is cooked off and bulbs are very soft and jammy, 6–8 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out skillet.

Step 3

While onions cook, mix ricotta and Parmesan in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Finely grate lemon zest and garlic into ricotta mixture and stir to combine.

Step 4

Warm focaccia in oven (place directly on rack) until soft and warmed through but not browned, 2–3 minutes. Divide between plates. Spread ricotta mixture in swooshing dollops on top of focaccia.

Step 5

Melt remaining 1 Tbsp. butter in skillet over medium-low heat. Add eggs; season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently in large sweeping figure-eight motions with a spatula, until eggs have set into creamy folds, 1–2 minutes.

Step 6

Divide scrambled eggs between focaccia. Top with onion mixture.

 

 

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Classic Banh Mi

Classic Banh Mi

Im going to be serving an assortment of Banh mi for the adults attending my kids bday party. What should I serve on the side? has to be really easy as I’ll have a house full of out of town guests-prefer something prepared night before. Even considering purchasing frozen potstickers and making dipping sauce.

The banh mi IS a pretty filling sandwich. Its heritage is partly French, so it is appropriate for Euro-centric accompaniments. I’d have potato salad or macaroni salad. Not coleslaw since the sandwich has carrot/daikon slaw

It’s undeniable. Banh Mi is the PERFECT sandwich. Rich, savory meat combined with bright and crunchy homemade pickles stuffed into a fluffy baguette; what’s not to love?! We love this version because it requires minimal ingredients but still packs a powerful punch of flavor. Don’t sleep on it, people!

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

 

YIELDS: 2 SERVINGS               PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS               TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 40 MINS

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 oz. pork tenderloin
  • 6 tbsp. hoisin sauce, divided
  • 6 tbsp. rice wine vinegar, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium daikon radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 12-inch baguette, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. cilantro leaves and tender stems

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place pork tenderloin into the freezer for 15 minutes; this will make it easier to slice thinly.
  2. Slice frozen tenderloin as thinly as possible. Transfer to a medium bowl, add 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce, 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, garlic, and fish sauce to bowl; mix until well combined. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  3. Toss carrot and daikon with remaining vinegar and salt; let sit at room temperature until ready to use. In a large cast-iron skillet on medium high, heat oil and add marinated pork. Cook without stirring for 4 minutes. Give it a toss and continue to cook 1 minute.
  4. Toast baguette in oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Spread mayonnaise on bottom half and remaining hoisin sauce on top half. Layer pork, then pickled veggies and cilantro on bottom half. Place on the top half and slice cross wise before serving.

 

 

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Want to Have S’more of These Porg S’mores

Want to Have S’more of These Porg S’mores

S’mores always remind me of summers spent camping out under the stars, but I could honestly eat that perfect combination of gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate all year! I brought back my homemade porg marshmallows to show you how to turn them into an un-porg-etably delicious treat.

Homemade marshmallows can seem intimidating at first, but the secret to getting them smooth and the right shape is just a little water. Once you get the first few piped the rest of your batch will be a breeze! Add chocolate and your favorite graham crackers, and you’ll definitely want s’more of these cute s’mores!

 

Ingredients:

Condiments

  • 1 tbsp Corn syrup, light

Baking & Spices

  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Icing fitted with a, Black small
  • 1 Orange and grey/silver sanding sugar
  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 12 Squares of chocolate
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

Oils & Vinegars

  • 1 Vegetable oil

Snacks

  • 12 Chocolate graham crackers

Desserts

  • 1/4 cup Candy melts, orange
  • 1 Candy thermometer
  • 1 envelope Gelatin, unflavored
  • 24 Nonpareils, black jumbo

Liquids

  • 1 3 + 1/4 cup cold water

Other

  • Cardstock
  • Piping bags
  • 1/2 ” round piping tip
  • Large, round piping tip
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Small zip-top bags

 

Helpful Tip

All cutting should be done by an adult.

Directions

1. Download, print, and cut out porg template.

2. Melt the orange candy melts by heating in the microwave in 30-second intervals at 50% power until smooth, stirring between each set. You can add a teaspoon of vegetable oil if they are lumpy once completely melted.

3. Place the porg template under a piece of wax paper, and use a toothpick to draw the feet with the orange melts. Set aside to harden.

4. Prep your sanding sugars by placing a little of the orange, and a little of the grey sugars into separate small zip-top bags. Cut a tiny corner off of each and set aside.

5. Prep 2 piping bags by fitting one with a large round tip, and the other with a 1/2″ round tip. Lay a piece of wax paper over a baking sheet. Combine the marshmallow coating ingredients in a bowl, and lightly sift the powder over the wax paper. Set aside.

6. Pour 1/3 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer, and stir in the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soften while you make the syrup.

7. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/4 cup water, light corn syrup, and salt. Stir, and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Then turn the heat up to high, and continue to cook (without stirring) until the syrup reaches 240° F on a candy thermometer.

8. With the mixer on low, slowly pour the syrup into the softened gelatin. Gradually increase the speed to high, and whip until soft peaks form and hold their shape, about 8-10 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, and whip just until it is incorporated.

9. Transfer the marshmallow to the 2 prepared piping bags. You can place the porg template underneath the wax paper, on your baking sheet that you’ve prepared with coating powder, as a guide.

10. Using the bag with the 1/2″ tip, pipe a large circle for the body, and then a smaller one on top for the head. Use the other piping bag fitted with the smaller round tip to make the wings. If you are left with any lumps or peaks on the marshmallow you can lightly wet a clean finger and smooth out the marshmallow. You want to work quickly before the marshmallow begins to set, so only pipe 2 at a time, and then add the decorations.

11. To decorate, start with the orange sugar, and carefully pour it in a pattern that replicates the look of the porgs. Then pour the grey sugar over the wings, edges of the body, and top of the head of each porg.

12. Add a nonpareil to each side of the face for the eyes, placing them just over the orange sugar, and then place 2 of the candy melt feet at the bottom.

13. Allow the marshmallows to set, uncovered, for at least 7 hours, or overnight before adding the decorating icing.

14. Use decorating icing to pipe the mouths and nostrils onto the porgs. Carefully unpeel the marshmallows from your baking sheet. You can lightly coat any sticky areas with the marshmallow coating mixture.

15. When you are ready to turn them into s’mores, break your graham crackers in half. Place 1 half on a plate and top it with a porg. Heat in the microwave for 5-7 seconds, then add the chocolate square and the other half of your graham cracker. (Extra marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.)

 

 

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Feta-Brined Chicken Sandwiches

Feta-Brined Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken and whipped feta sandwiches are the ideal addition to any springtime picnic basket.

 

The secret to incredibly flavorful chicken cutlets is a quick marinade in feta brine in advance of grilling. Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple then whips the feta cheese with lemon juice and olive oil to use as a spread for the excellent sandwiches here.

 

 

Active: 30 mins         Total: 1 hr           Yield: 4

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound feta, crumbled, plus 3/4 cup of the brine
1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce, preferably Tabasco
Four 4-ounce chicken cutlets
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt
Pepper
Four 6-inch ciabatta rolls, split and toasted
Arugula (not baby), sliced cucumber, red onion and seeded piquillo peppers, for serving

 

 

Directions:

Step 1

In a large resealable plastic bag, mix the feta brine and hot sauce. Add the chicken cutlets, seal the bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the feta cheese and lemon juice. Slowly blend in the 1/3 cup of oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Preheat a grill pan. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry; discard the brine. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the cutlets over moderately high heat, turning once, until cooked through, about 5 minutes total.

Step 4

Spread the rolls with some of the feta. Top with the chicken, arugula, cucumber, onion and peppers and serve.

 

 

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