This recipe is derived from two main truths: the first being that I love nothing more than a crispy spud and the second being that I love my mother-in-law's delicious curried chicken salad. Put those two facts together and you have a dish that has spice, crunch, and a few other unexpected surprises (like quinoa, fennel, and apple). I'm still eating leftovers, three days later. - Sodium Girl —Sodium Girl
Test Kitchen Notes
There is never a dish that starts with potatoes and leeks that ends badly, so I was dying to try this recipe. The vegetables smell so good while you're roasting them that the dressing seems unnecessary, but it's so worth it -- I ended up doubling it because I had more potatoes than called for. The final product with the crunchy apples, the nutty quinoa, and the soft veggies is fantastic -- and Sodium Girl is right, it's still good a day (or two) later! - emmanation
Begin boiling a large pot over water over medium-high heat and set oven to 420 degrees.
Wash the potatoes and place them in the pot of water (once it has a rolling boil) for ten minutes (or until softened, not mushy). Remove the potatoes and rinse under cool water. Let them sit while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
Cut garlic into thin slices along the width of the clove. Cut the white part of the leek (save the greens for another dish) into thin slices as well. Dice apple and fennel into equal sized cubes.
Once the potatoes have cooled to the touch, dice them into larger cubes (about a 1/2 inch long).
In a high-sided oven pan, mix the fennel, garlic, and potatoes with a little bit of olive oil. Spread on the pan so that the potatoes all have contact with the metal sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. But check every ten minutes to stir the ingredients so that none of them stick to the sheet or burn.
While the potatoes are baking, place quinoa and 1 cup of water in a small pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Cook quinoa until all the water has been absorbed.
While quinoa is cooking, mix your dressing: olive oil, mustard, white pepper, curry, and champagne vinegar.
When the potatoes are nice and crisp, mix with apples, dressing, quinoa, and freshly cut chives. Serve immediately while it is warm!
In January of 2004, I received a diagnosis that changed my life. I was diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease that in my case attacked my kidneys and brain. Due to the intensity of the initial “flare up” of the disease, I became renal insufficient and eventually faced kidney failure. Amazingly, through great medicine, wonderful family and friends, and an enormous amount of support, I became stronger and healthier and miraculously, my kidneys partially regenerated. I no longer depend on dialysis and by regulating my diet, I depend on fewer medications. Five years later, I work part time and live a full and utterly enjoyable life. My dietary restrictions have transformed into a real passion for food and I hope to be able to pass along my favorite finds to others facing similar dietary challenges. Be creative, be friendly, and be full!