Do you have those days where you just want to cook all kinds of yummy comfort foods? Well, I am having one of those days....can you say PMS! I was at Trader Joe's early this morning and everything looked amazing. All these ideas where swirling around in my head as to what I wanted to make and I couldn't decided on any one thing so I bought lots of ingredients to make all of them. All the fruits and veggies looked too good to pass up. I love this time of year when the produce is wonderful. I came home and unpacked all my treasures and started laying things out. Ole walked into the kitchen with a huge smile on his face...he loves it when I get in one of these moods where I want to cook up a storm because he reeps the benefits. So, here we go on a bit of a recipe bonanza of some of my favorites and a few new ones I have been itching to try. First up...My absolute Favorite German Potato Salad. I got this recipe from a friend of mine a few years ago and each and every time I make it I remember why it's my favorite. You really must try it!!!
My Favorite Potato Salad
3 pounds medium (2 to 3 inches in diameter) red boiling potatoes, scrubbed well
1 pound medium asparagus, trimmed
5 bacon slices (5 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
5 ounces sliced Black Forest or other baked deli ham, slices stacked and cut in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-wide strips
2 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)
1 cup finely chopped sweet onion such as Vidalia
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet gherkin pickles
3 tablespoons olive oil
7 tablespoons white Balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Steam potatoes in a vegetable steamer set over 1 inch of boiling water in a wide 4- to 5-quart pot, covered, until tender when pierced with a paring knife, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board.
Meanwhile, cook asparagus in a wide 4- to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until just tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer asparagus with tongs to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking, then drain and pat dry. Cut off and reserve tips, then cut stalks into 1-inch pieces. Add tips and stalks to a large bowl.
Cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, reserving bacon drippings in skillet.
Once potatoes have cooled to warm, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Add to bowl with asparagus, along with bacon, ham, celery, onion, parsley, and pickle.
Return skillet with bacon drippings to moderately high heat. Add oil, then whisk in vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring and scraping up brown bits, 30 seconds. Immediately pour hot dressing over potato salad and toss to coat.
Back to the kitchen for my next creation!