We need a new potato salad recipe, don’t we, spud lovers? It’s coming up on Easter, and we need something lively to put beside the ham, and to eat with our sandwiches the next few days.
I have just the ticket for you today, with this incredibly flavorful Russian Potato Salad from a new cookbook that celebrates the potato in all its spudtastic glory.
Just feast your eyes on this beauty of a salad for a minute, and imagine the explosion of flavors going on here – a homemade mayo-based dressing infused with anchovies, mustard, garlic, Worcestershire, lemon and cayenne! WOW, does it ever sing!
The body of the salad has crunchy radishes, celery and cucumber, along with aromatic scallions, capers, dill and chives, cuddled up next to those glorious red potatoes.
It’s from a new spud-centric book that feels like it was written just for me — “Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked – And Fried, Too!” by veteran cookbook author Raghavan Iyer (2016, Workman Publishing, $16.95). With 75 creative recipes, this is a tater tribute that spans the globe, covering culinary needs for finger foods, soups and salads to main dishes and even desserts. Yes, you can eat potatoes for dessert, and I will show you in a minute. The photos are gorgeous, and the recipes expertly written so that cooks of all abilities will have success.
Iyer got the recipe from his friend Scott Edwin Givot, whose grandmother was the originator.
Listen to what Iyer writes about this salad:
“Married at the age of 17, (Scott’s grandmother) was swept into her husband’s underground world of smuggling diamonds (in Scott’s father’s diaper when he was a baby!), drugs, guns and more. Grandma Ida’s ancestral roots were a hodgepodge, ranging from Crimean to Catalan, Hungarian and French. This Russian salad was special to her and Scott, a summer tradition they shared in the kitchen as she gave him advice on all that life could throw at him. ‘Even as a kid, I never minded the idea of the salty little fish being used in the dressing. It’s what gave the salad that undeniable umami flavor,’ Scott mused. ‘She always served it next to her sweet ‘n’ sour Swedish meatballs, which had a mellifluous tomato sauce punctuated with whole allspice. I loved both dishes and still make them to this day.’ “
Melissa’s Produce threw a party to highlight the book, and look what we got to eat:
(all recipes can be found in the book)
Mojito Potato Pomegranate Salad, with key lime, mint, a touch of sugar and white rum. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, isn’t it!
Cheesy Tarragon Tots. Tots are what you want, and trust me, you’ll want a handful.
Potato Lasagna, with both potato planks and pasta, but the secret ingredient is lemon zest in the ricotta mixture. Perhaps the best lasagna I’ve ever had!
Sweet Potato Rolls with a Creamy Cointreau Glaze. Can you say brunch?
And yes, dessert was Thick Cut Potato Crisps with Dark Chocolate. I swooned, and snitched three. Look, there’s Halley’s Comet! Oops, I might have snitched four.
Are you drooling yet?
But back to our beloved Russian Potato Salad, which will be the solution to any ho-hum meal you have coming up, or a prized offering at a holiday get-together.
Iyer says this about it: “A true fine balance of taste, color, temperature and texture.”
I say let’s make it. I’m on it right now. Are you?
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And stay tuned to ShockD for another recipe from the book: 4-Ingredient Sweet Potatoes with Chicken and Lemongrass. You’ll have an incredible chicken dinner on the table in 30 minutes.
Disclosure: Melissa’s Produce and the publisher provided a copy of the book for review. Photos from the party are courtesy of Melissa’s Produce. Photos from the book are by Matthew Benson.