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Grilled baby new potato salad

Grilled baby new potato salad
Los Angeles Times

Maybe what attracts customers to the Weiser Family Farms stand at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market is the rainbow of potatoes in different shapes and sizes: Russian Banana, Rose Finn, Red Thumb and Purple Peruvian, some of them so ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 6
  • 2 quarts salted water
  • 2 pounds baby new potatoes (about 25 to 30) assorted varieties and colors such as Peruvian blue or Red Bliss
  • 1 pound thin French green beans, stem ends cut off
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper

Step 1In a large saucepan, bring the salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until just soft, about 3 to 5 minutes, or longer depending on the size of the potatoes. Drain into a colander and let dry on paper towels.

Step 2While the potatoes are boiling, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Cook the green beans until just done but still crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain immediately and rinse in cold water to stop cooking. Drain and pat dry. Set aside on a small plate.

Step 3Light an outdoor grill or use a stove top grill pan. Cut the cooked potatoes in half or, if they are tiny, leave whole. Spray the cut side with olive oil. Grill, cut side down, until grill marks appear.

Step 4While the potatoes are grilling, mix the garlic, mustard, vinegar, parsley and mint in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. When the potatoes are grilled and still hot, toss them in the olive oil mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the green beans. Serve at room temperature.

Note: Adapted from the just-published cookbook "The Swedish Table," by Helene Henderson (University of Minnesota Press, $30).


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