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Potato Salad with Garlic and Lemon

The secret to a good potato salad is the temperature of the potatoes when you mix in the mayonnaise. Margerita Pulè gets out the thermometer.


 
Potato Salad with Garlic and Lemon
Potato Salad with Garlic and Lemon
Potato Salad with Garlic and Lemon

Information

Main Ingredient Potato
Preparation Time Up to 15 mins: Quick
Cooking Time 20 mins
Course Side
Recipe Serves 4
Recipe Type Spanish
The secret to a good potato salad is the temperature of the potatoes when you mix in the mayonnaise. Margerita Pulè gets out the thermometer.
Method

We left Spain after two years; we drove upwards through Granada in the middle of winter, not realising how bad the snow would be at that time of year. The coast was mild and pleasant, but a few hundred kilometres inland we were stopped by a few feet of snow, glowing icy blue and yellow; beautiful in its stillness and silence, but ultimately blocking our way. We had to turn back towards the coast, driving through ice and blizzards, then Northwards through Valencia, past Barcelona, across the border at Perpignan, past Marseilles and Nice, and on to the Tripoli-Malta ferry from Genoa.


A journey that had taken us years, a gradual creeping Southwards, was reversed in a matter of days. We zoomed past signs for picturesque villages and turn-offs for scenic routes. We passed the roadhouse that served the best Gambas Pil-Pil for miles. We left behind the town in the mountains where we first tasted Bacalao served with orange segments and onions. We kept going, past the strange village almost entirely carved out of rock where we’d eaten the loveliest, garlickiest, oiliest rabbit ever. The cava, the jamón serrano, the empanadillas and the tortillas; we saw them all disappearing in our rear-view mirror, and we just kept on driving.


You can never really recreate the food of a different country; something always tastes a bit different and there’s always some essential ingredient missing. Potatoes and garlic, though, are easy to come by; our lemon tree is weighed down with lemons at the moment, and surely Hellman’s mayonnaise tastes the same wherever you buy it.


 


Potato Salad with Garlic and Lemon


 


Ingredients:


 


A couple of potatoes (about half a kilo)


Two or three cloves of garlic, depending on how strong you like it


The juice of one lemon


A few heaped tablespoons of mayonnaise (I’m a Hellman’s lady myself)


 


Peel and dice the potatoes and boil them until they’re cooked through, but still firm. It’s better to put them into cold water and bring it all to the boil together; that way, they’ll be cooked evenly all the way through. If you throw them into boiling water, they’ll end up mushy on the outside and hard on the inside.


While the potatoes are cooking, chop the garlic as finely as you can, and mix it well with the lemon juice and mayonnaise. Give it a bit of a whisk with the fork, so that the mayonnaise becomes quite runny in consistency.


Drain the potatoes, transfer them to a bowl, and (this is the important part) pour the mayonnaise mix over them while they’re still hot. Mix well, but be careful not to break up the potatoes too much. It just won’t turn out the same with cold potatoes; you need the heat to melt the mayonnaise and blend all the other ingredients together properly.


Serve with some Pan con tomate, by which I mean, hobz biz-zejt without the trimmings (i.e. bread with just tomato and oil), and some nice jamón if you can get your hands on it.

 

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Marie Richaud
June 02, 2011
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just made this.. it smells gorgeous and tastes divine.. however going to let it cool until later.. but SO FAR SO GOOD!

 
 
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