Warm BLT Potato Salad Do you recognize these babies? They’re potatoes. They haven’t been on the scene much lately, having taken a multi–decades beating from low-carb advocates, some of whom put potatoes on the same level as sugar. Indeed, they’ve gotten themselves an unfortunate reputation. All this is probably not helped, mind you, by the fact that the lionshare of potatoes in this country come out of deep fryer in the form of chips and french fries.

I’d sort of forgotten about potatoes myself, busy exploring other starches for my “Year of Whole Grains” series. So when a pound of Yukon Golds showed up in my CSA box recently, I peered in and thought, “hey there, stranger.” I piled the potatoes straight away into a saucepan to cook. Once drained, I made a warm salad with shallots, Dijon, vinegar and olive oil. It was perfection that I ate standing up — fork to pot to mouth, repeat (don’t tell my kids) —  thinking all the while, “why have potatoes become the bad boy of the farmers’ market?”

They’re not  “fattening” as they’re perported to be. In fact, they have very little fat at all.  What they are is a good source of potassium, vitamic C, and if you keep the skin intact (and you should), fiber. Are they as superfoody as kale? No. As low-cal as lettuce. Nope. But prepared well and eaten in moderation, potatoes are warm and wonderful; they will fill you up and sustain you in a way that a leafy green just can’t. Indeed, potatoes have nourished entire populations the world over for centuries. Warm BLT Potato Salad Two weeks after the “potato salad in a pot” incident, another bag of spuds showed up in my CSA,  a pound of fingerlings. This time I added just-ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and crumbled bacon to my original mix. And this time, I managed to get the salad into a bowl and myself into a chair before digging in.

I know, civilized.

The result is this Warm BLT Potato Salad. It’s excellent on its own for lunch or as a light supper along with hard boiled eggs, tuna, chicken, or some other boost of protein.  It’s best warm, but makes for great picnic fare at room temperature as well.

One bite in and I promise, you’ll find yourself not just saying, “hey there, stranger,” but, “I missed you, old friend.”


BLT Potato Salad

Warm BLT Potato Salad


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  1. 06.10.2014 at 10:35 AM #

    What a simple idea for father’s day and all the gorgeous baby potatoes at the farmers market!

    • katiemorford
      06.10.2014 at 11:03 AM #

      Dads do love their spuds.

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