I don't really like potato salad, but what better way to turn it into something I like than take a cue from one of the dishes I crave all the time: cobb salad! The result is sort of like a salad version of a baked potato with all the best fixin's a person could ask for. The technique of tossing the potatoes with vinegar before they are chilled is from the folks at America's Test Kitchen. It helps improve the flavor of the potatoes. —fiveandspice
small red potatoes, washed and halved (or medium potatoes, quartered)
salt and pepper to taste
white wine vinegar
hard boiled eggs, peeled and finely chopped
bleu cheese, crumbled
mustard (preferably Dijon)
garlic clove, minced
cherry tomatoes, halved
bacon strips, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
avocado,(or 2 if you're an avocado lover, like myself!) pitted, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
Add potatoes to a large pot, fill with enough water to nearly cover potatoes, cover and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook until potatoes are just tender when speared with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and allow to cool to room temperature.
When cooled, gently toss with vinegar and a sprinkling of salt and pepper (about ½ tsp. each). Refrigerate potatoes to chill.
Fry the bacon until crisp, then remove to a plate covered with a paper towel to drain. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, sour cream, mustard and garlic clove, stir in egg pieces, then refrigerate until ready to use.
When potatoes are chilled, in a large bowl gently toss together the potatoes, mayo mixture, bleu cheese, bacon bits, and tomatoes. Transfer into a serving bowl, top with avocado pieces, sprinkle with chives, and serve.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.