Back at it again with a recipe from Antoni’s cookbook. I made this recipe for Memorial day, so I am just a few weeks late but that’s okay. You can use this recipe as a side for just about any family get together. And duck fat is involved, so you don’t want to miss out. I was a bit concerned about where to get duck fat, but you can actually get some at your local Wal-Mart, the company is called FatWorks. Like ew, gross, wal-mart I know, but it’s duck fat so get over it and just go. This is a potato salad that is tossed in a dressing and served with a yogurt size that you can plop on top!
2 LBS Fingerling Potatoes, scrubbed and cut length-wise in half [I quartered mine to make for bite-sized pieces]
2 TBSP Duck Fat, at room temp [can also use Olive Oil]
Salt + Pepper
6 oz Thick-Sliced Pancetta/Bacon, cut into cubes
3 TBSP Coarsely Chopped Tarragon
1/4 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
2 TSP Grainy Dijon Mustard
1 3/4 TSP Fresh Lemon Juice
1 1/2 TSP Honey
1/4 TSP Pepper
1 1/2 Cups Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
2 TSP Grated Lemon Zest
1 1/4 TSP Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 TSP Salt
1/8 TSP Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Let’s Get Cooking
To start the potatoes, cut them and preheat the oven to 425F with the rack in the middle. Place the cut potatoes into a bowl and toss with the duck fat + salt. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet, cut-size down, and leave space in-between to let the potatoes crisp up. Cook for about 25-30 minutes, getting the potatoes nice and brown and crispy.
Place the pancetta/bacon in a large skillet over MED-HIGH heat cooking until golden and crispy, 8-12 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
In large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing until well combined.
In another bowl, stir together the ingredients for the yogurt sauce.
When the potatoes are nice and crispy transfer them into the bowl with the dressing and toss. Add in the pancetta/bacon + tarragon + salt + pepper.
Serve warm or at room temp with the yogurt on the side. This salad is so luxurious from the duck fat you’ll keep sneaking your fingers to grab a potato before the meal is served.
I planted a small herb garden on my patio, my very small patio. One of the herbs, dill began to completely take over, in a good way. I decided that I needed to use some to clear up some space and let its herb neighbors grow. I had some potatoes in the pantry and found this recipe from the Kitchn which is a Ukrainian Dill Potato recipe. I edited the recipe a bit, I prefer a crunchy potato with the grassy dill. This is a perfect summer side.
1-2 Large Potatoes, cut into cubes
2 TSP Duck Fat [optional]
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Chopped Dill
Let’s Get Cooking
After cutting the potatoes into cubes, boil in salted water until a fork can pierce them easily, but does not fall off.
Preheat the oven to 420F. Place the par-boiled potatoes on a baking sheet and toss with the duck fat. Roast in the oven for about 25-30 minutes.
Once the potatoes are done, place in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, and chopped dill.
Salt and vinegar potato chips are my absolute favorite. I tend to eat them until my mouth is completely destroyed. I’ve been into smashed potatoes lately, crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. I figured making salt and vinegar smashed potatoes is like being able to eat potato chips for dinner. This is my own creation from messing around in the kitchen and I wanted to maximize the vinegar flavor, that’s why I used 3 different. To get the best flavor, I feel that you at least need the white vinegar and the apple cider vinegar.
4-5 Dashes of Red Wine Vinegar
1 TSP + 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar [ACV]
5-6 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes
Let’s Get Cooking
Dig through your yukons and pick out a few of the smaller ones. Boil water, enough to cover the potatoes. Heavily salt the water and add in the red wine vinegar + 1 TSP of white vinegar.
Once boiling, add in the potatoes and boil for about 15-20, until they can be pierced with a fork but do not immediately slide off, you don’t want them all the way cooked or they won’t smash well.
Preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and place on the foil. Lightly smash the potatoes with the back of a fork. Brush the potatoes with 1/4 Cup of ACV, making sure you’re saturating the potato. Bake for about 10 minutes then pour over the white vinegar and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the edges have browned and get crispy.