Saturday, March 1, 2008

Hot and Spicy Potato Salad

10 small red potatoes, scrubbed thoroughly, skins left on
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar or Champagne vinegar
1/4 cup chile-infused oil
2 tablespoons fresh dill or 1 tablespoon of dried dill
3/4 cup chopped shallots
2 serrano or jalapeƱo chiles, stems removed, sliced into thin rings
Salt and pepper to taste

This simple potato salad is served warm and can be put together quickly after the potatoes are boiled. The recipe can be doubled or tripled easily. It's a nice change from the ordinary potato salad, and the flavors will really charge your palate.

Place the potatoes in a large Dutch-style oven and cover with water. Bring the pot to a boil and then turn it down to a low boil. Cook the potatoes, uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes, testing them by inserting a sharp knife through the center of the potato. The potatoes should just start to yield to the knife. Do not overcook. Drain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl.

Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into halves (if they are small) or in quarters (if they are large.) Sprinkle the vinegar over the top of the potatoes and then sprinkle them with the chile oil. Toss gently. Add the dill, the shallots, the pepper rings, the salt and pepper, and toss gently. Serve warm.

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