Monday, April 27, 2009

The potato salad is a triumph

We were invited to a barbeque a few weeks ago at the house of a professional chef.  Simple barbeque – two salads and sausages – and indecent amounts of fine red wine.

The most memorable thing though was a potato salad which contained caramelized onion.

The chef would not give me the recipe.  She never does.

So I found a recipe on the web.  Here it is.

Simple – but modestly time consuming as you need to fry the onion very gently for 45 minutes.  Also it is kind of important to have everything warm – so do the sauce immediately, then put on the onion and the potatoes only towards the end.

Highly recommended.  

Better to do simple things really well.


Layla said...

What an excellent idea - a good potato salad is fantastic anyway, but the addition of caramelised onion sounds wonderful. I shall try this later this week - thanks. Caroline

ashleigh said...

Try caramelising a couple of onions (use a tiny bit of sugar, maybe 1/2 tsp) and if things are too hot in the pan, add a teaspoon of water to cool it down (won't ruin things).

After about 1/2 hr to an hour, you are done.

Then use the onion to make a pizza topping: a sachet of tomato paste, the onion, a little very finely chopped anchovy (about 2), and some really nice pitted and halved kalamata olives. Olive oil, no salt (plenty in the anchovy).

Cook that in a hot oven (at least 220 degrees) until its done and serve in small slices hot. An appetiser to get you going before a meal.