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Piquillo-potato salad with anchovies and eggs

Piquillo-potato salad with anchovies and eggs
Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

At an Italian restaurant in New York the other night, the inevitable little dish of olive oil with bread arrived with something different: radishes in a second little dish of oil with fat bits of anchovies strewn over them. The ... Read more

Total time: About 25 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 pound fingerling or very small new potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 8 to 10 oil-packed anchovy fillets, drained and coarsely chopped, or to taste
  • 4 piquillo peppers, drained on paper towels and patted dry
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, preferably Spanish
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups wild or baby arugula

Step 1Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan with the bay leaves, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are easily pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes (time will vary depending on type and age of potatoes). Drain well. Cool slightly.

Step 2While the potatoes cook, place the eggs in a small saucepan with water to cover. Add one-half teaspoon salt and the cider vinegar. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and place under cold running water until cool.

Step 3Slice the potatoes crosswise into half-inch pieces and place in a bowl. Add the chopped anchovies. Cut the piquillos in half lengthwise, then crosswise into thin strips. Add them to the potatoes. Cut the shallot in half lengthwise, then crosswise into very fine slices and add.

Step 4Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and scoop out the yolks. Press the yolks through a small strainer into a small bowl. Set aside. Cut the whites in half lengthwise and then crosswise into half-inch thick strips and add to the potatoes. Toss the potato mixture with a fork until the ingredients are well mixed.

Step 5To the yolks, add the mayonnaise, vinegar and olive oil and mix gently until smooth and well combined. Pour the dressing over the potato mixture. Mix together with a rubber spatula until the ingredients are well distributed and lightly dressed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more chopped anchovies if desired.

Step 6To serve, lay the arugula in a salad bowl or on serving plates and mound the potato salad over.

Note: Look for wild arugula at farmers markets. Piquillo peppers can be found at specialty food stores.


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