Here’s a little insight into what’s going on in my head– and I realize this is not normal– but the highlight of my week usually involves hitting the local farmers’ markets with my family. Aria, my two-year-old daughter, loves it as much as I do. We pretty much have to drag the home-body boys (Aanen and Radd), who protest all the way. Well, maybe not all the way. Once they’re out of the house, I think they enjoy it, too.
Anyway, late Summer is when the market really shines– so many different varieties of produce to choose from! Last weekend I snagged these gorgeous purple potatoes. Look at how vibrant they are! This is nature. This is food. And it still amazes me. Despite what some sources say– and I know it’s probably just in my head– I feel like purple potatoes have a more earthy flavor that a plain-old white ones. If not, well then they’re just more interesting.
This potato salad keeps it simple, yet looks fantastic. The point is to let the beautiful colors and fresh flavors be the center of attraction, rather than cover everything up with a glop of mayo. The addition of the herbs (especially the mint, do NOT omit the mint!) make this salad taste like Summer. The subtle flavor of creme fraiche lets the produce shine, yet adds that creaminess you expect in a potato salad. The radishes give a contrasting delightful crunch. If you don’t have creme fraiche, you can use sour cream, but you’ll notice a bit more of a tang. I love to finish this salad with a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. It just works and it’s one of my favorite potato salads.
The Recipe: Creme Fraiche, Herb, and Purple Potato Salad
1 – 1 1/2 pounds new purple potatoes
handful of parsley, mint, and basil chopped (around 3/4 cup total)
5-6 green onions, chopped
6 large radishes, chopped
1/3 – 1/2 cup creme fraiche
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and cracked blacked pepper, to taste
To steam the potatoes: I prefer steaming to boiling– the potatoes retain less water this way. Put potatoes in a steamer basket placed in a saucepan with a tight lid. Make sure to put enough water into it. Steam potatoes until nearly done, then turn off heat and let them sit for 10 more minutes. The potatoes will continue to cook with the heat turned off. The cooking time will vary based upon the size of your potatoes, so be sure to check it. I steamed mine for 25 minutes, and let them sit for another 10 minutes. Yours may take less time. Just be sure to check them by inserting a sharp knife into them. Be sure your saucepan doesn’t run out of water.
Sprinkle potatoes with a bit of salt and let them cool. Meanwhile, chop the herbs, radishes, and green onions. Add them to the cooled potatoes, along with the creme fraiche, olive oil, and a squeeze of the lemon juice. Don’t squeeze the full amount right away. Taste as you go along, and definitely feel free to adjust measurements to your liking. You may want a bit more creme fraiche and olive oil. Be sure to season with salt appropriately, as the salt really brings all of these flavors together. Enjoy!
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