FRENCH POTATO SALAD DIJON

FRENCH POTATO SALAD DIJON

  • two pounds small red potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick( use small red potatoes measuring one to two inches in diameter)
  • two tablespoons salt
  • one garlic clove, peeled and threaded on skewer
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • one 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or Champagne vinegar
  • two teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • one small shallot, minced
  • one tablespoon minced fresh chervil( if fresh chervil is not available, substitute an addition 1/2 tablespoon of minced parsley and an additional 1/2 teaspoon of tarragon)
  • one tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • one tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • one teaspoon minced fresh tarragon

Place potatoes in large saucepan, add water to cover by one inch, and bring to boil over high heat. Add salt, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until potatoes are tender and paring knife can be slipped in and out of potatoes with little resistance, about six minutes.While potatoes are cooking, lower skewered garlic into simmering water and blanch for fourty-five seconds. Run garlic under cold running water, then remove from skewer and mince. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water, then drain potatoes and arrange in tight single layer in rimmed baking sheet. Whisk oil, minced garlic, vinegar, mustard, pepper, and reserved potato cooking water together in bowl, then drizzle over potatoes. Let potatoes sit until flavors meld, about ten minutes. (Potatoes can be refrigerated for up to eight hours; return to room temperature before serving.) Transfer potatoes to large bowl. Combine shallot and herbs in small bowl, then sprinkle over potatoes and gently toss to coat using rubber spatula. Serve. American potato salad, thickly dressed with mayonnaise, and sweet pickle relish, is still a picnic fare and will always have a place on summer tables. But we have cooked (and eaten) piles of it over the years, and these days we yearn for something lighter and fresher to serve with grilled fish, chicken. In our mind, French potato salad is just the ticket.

 

 

 

 

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