My small CSA share has included two pounds of new potatoes--red skinned and Yukon gold--every week for the past three weeks and the farmer has informed us shareholders that we should expect to see potatoes just about every week from now until the end of the share distributions in November. Except I only eat potatoes about once a month, if that. I have made a small number of dishes with them so far because I do like potatoes, I just can't eat that many. But since I can expect many, many more, I have started to panic a bit as to how to use them all. These potatoes are delicious and thin-skinned and tiny--each one is just an inch or two in diameter. They're adorable and tempting and they taste incredible. But what could I do with about four pounds of potatoes that I had left after giving some away to a friend?
Luckily this weekend some of my family is getting together at their traditional mountain escape. I feel like I should bring something savory in addition to the sweet cake I made. Hopefully something that uses 4 pounds of potatoes.
I didn't want anything too heavy or anything incorporating mayonnaise or eggs because of the several hour car ride without a cooler.
Also, I can't get enough of the Meyer lemons I bought this week. They're incredible in everything. I even ate one as if it were an orange. Actually, that's a lie: I ate the skin too.
Roasted New Potato Salad with Meyer Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette
4 pounds mixed new potatoes, 1"-2" diameter, washed, larger ones halved or quartered according to your liking
3 tbsp unfiltered extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 spring onion, finely chopped
3 stalks baby celery, finely diced
Toss the potatoes with olive oil and salt in a roasting pan until coated, place in a 400 degree oven, stirring every 15-20 minutes until potatoes have crispy, golden edges and are tender on the inside. Let cool to room temperature. Toss with onion and celery.
Meyer Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp coarse kosher salt
zest of 1/2 Meyer lemon
juice of 1/2 Meyer lemon
(if you're using regular lemons, add about 1/2 tsp sugar)
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp prepared dijon mustard
1/3 cup olive oil
Whisk together all ingredients in a large nonreactive bowl.
Pour roasted potato mixture into bowl with vinaigrette and toss to coat. Let stand at least 2 hours at room temperature or overnight in your refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.
You'd think this would serve about 12 people, but you'd be wrong--it's much less, because people will actually eat this potato salad and ask for seconds.