In the search for new, exciting vegetable dishes, I seem to have hit a rut on the subject of potatoes. My husband loves potatoes but I seem to only ever serve them baked or mashed and both varieties are usually laden with butter, milk or sour cream. I wanted some new, healthier, fresh potato recipe and found my answer, once again, in the Williams-Sonoma cookbook New Flavors for Vegetables. The recipe for steamed new potatoes with chive oil was exactly what I was looking for and had the added benefit of aiding me in using up the plethora of chives in the herb garden! This recipe is a little bit labor intensive, but the fresh blend of flavors is worth the work and it really doesn’t take a lot of time, especially if you prepare the chive oil ahead of time. Here is the recipe that has revolutionized my potato repetoire:
Steamed New Potatoes with Chive Oil
2 pounds small fingerling potatoes, scrubbed
1 bunch of fresh chives, divided
1/3 cup olive oil
zest of one lemon
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Bring a couple of inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan with a steamer basket set over it. Place the potatoes in the steamer basket and steam until they are fork-tender, about 18 minutes.
2. While the potatoes are steaming make the chive oil. Roughly chop two thirds of the chives and cut the rest into 1-inch pieces. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil and add the roughly chopped chives. Blanche the chives in the boiling water for 1 minute then strain them. Pat the chives dry with a paper towel.
3. Using a small food processor or a stick blender, blend the blanches chives together with the olive oil until a smooth mixture is formed. Strain the chive oil through a mesh strainer into a small bowl, discarding the chives left behind in the strainer.
4. Once the potatoes are tender, place them a serving dish and toss with the chive oil, remaining chopped chives, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Serve warm.
Please let me know if you have any favorite potato recipes using new flavors or techniques, I’m always ready to try something new! Later this week: a comparison of different types of pancakes, homemade or from a mix?