Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.
Today: With a little help from roasted red peppers and spicy mayo, potatoes become summer food.
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The first time I discovered a sandwich containing potato was in a tiny dive in Sunset Park. The sandwich itself was more of a delivery method for all of the yummy, soul-warming goodness inside, but the satisfaction -- and idea -- of a potato sandwich remained interesting to me.
This sandwich turns the potato into summer fare by tossing it on the grill with peppers. Hearty and filling, this sandwich combines the stature of a burger with a vegetarian meal (though a slice or two of Serrano ham would be delicious as a variation for the omnivores). Steaming the potatoes before grilling them allows them to cook more evenly, while the spiced mayonnaise keeps them from drying out and lends the potatoes its peppery flavor.
As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.
Photos by Caroline Wright
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Catalan Food, written with chef Daniel Olivella, comes out in early September from Clarkson Potter.