I'm sure this all sounds like a boring, angry rant, and I do apologize for its rant-like qualities. It is all the preface, though, to the fact that I finally broke down what I do and don't like about Potato Salad and made my own version--spicy, sweet, warm and delicious. Inspired by Patatas Bravas, I added in mashed Banana and some fresh Parsley from my now-dead Parsley Plant. I don't remember what I served this with, but it was absolutely delicious. Enjoy!
Pommes de terre aux bananes et persil
- 3 tablespoons + 1 cup Olive Oil
- 4 Russet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons Green Onions, minced
- 3 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- Leaves of 1 stem Thyme
- 1/2 cup Banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup Mustard
- Fleur de Sel, to taste
- 2 stems Parsley, chopped
Heat 3 tablespoons Olive Oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add Green Onions and Garlic and saute until soft. Turn off heat and add Salt, Pepper, Herbes de Provence, Paprika, Pepper Flakes and Thyme. Transfer to a bowl and add Banana and Mustard, mixing well. Add Fleur de Sel, if necessary. Let sit while flavors meld and you prepare Potatoes.
Heat 1 cup Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Salt and Pepper Potatoes and add (carefully!) to skillet (oil will splatter). Fry, moving potatoes around occasionally with a spatula, until golden-brown and cooked through. Remove from skillet and drain of excess oil on paper towels.
Add Potatoes to Sauce and mix well. Garnish with Parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!