A local retailer, Charleston Cooks
, offers regular hands-on cooking classes. I decided to Eggify one of their recent recipes, Spanish Potato Salad. Their recipe calls for blanched potatoes, carrots, green beans and peas. Why not instead try smoking the potatoes on the Egg?
Starting with a group of Yukon Gold and red potatoes (recipe calls for fingerlings but I thought sliced potatoes would add surface area and pick up smoke more efficiently):
I sliced the potatoes into scant 1/2” slices, then dressed with EVOO and sea salt:
On the Egg at 350ºF dome until done by appearance and touch, about 20-25 minutes.
I already had some burgers on the Egg (hard to see, down on the cast iron grate, on a spider) and there was ample hickory smoke.
The potato slices were flipped after 10 minutes, and when done looked like this:
I then quartered the slices to bite-sized.
Blanching the green beans, julienned carrots and frozen peas:
Additional salad ingredients include red (Spanish) onion, some colorful bell peppers chopped fine, capers, Spanish olives, and sliced hard-boiled eggs (maybe I should rename this an Egg Egg Salad?).
The simple dressing included fork-mashed anchovy, mayo, olive oil, Dijon and fresh lemon juice. For the anchovy haters, no it does not taste fishy. Think Worcestershire sauce or pasta puttanesca; the anchovy mash adds earthiness without a fish flavor.
Fresh chopped parsley mixed in at the end to finish. Fresh pepper and salt to taste.
I thought this was an improvement on traditional potato salad, as the smoke flavor in the potato slices kicked things up a notch. It was good warm when I made it, and also good cold the next day.
Next time I’ll use a bit less onion, as the Spanish onion has a bite. The recipe called for a whole Spanish onion and I had a large one so used only half, but it was still too much.
The smoking of the potato slices might be easier with a grill basket, to avoid issues with the potato slices falling through the grate. If you have extra grates, you could double them with 90º rotation to create a grid effect.
Worth a repeat!