Monday, January 14, 2008

Year of the Potato: Salade riviera, 2.0

Did you know that 2008 is the International Year of the Potato? Neither did I until the good folks at Eating Leeds told me and announced a Potato Event. And what are the guidelines? Just make a dish using Potatoes!

But let's begin with a little potato information. Potatoes are one of those ubiquitous vegetables that appear in food from around the globe. It is also the most widely grown tuber crop. It originated in Peru and was then brought to Europe in the early 18th century. It was then distributed to European territories around the world. Potatoes were extremely popular in Europe, particularly Ireland, where, because they grow underground, English soldiers were unable to locate and destroy them, meaning the Irish were able to eat. In present times, Asia is responsible for growing 80% of the world's Potato crops and it is becoming an increasingly popular crop.

For my Potato recipe, which will hopefully be the first of many, I decided to revisit a past recipe, one for Salade Riviera, but try it with a different kind of Potato and see how, if at all, it altered the taste. This time around I used Yukon Gold Potatoes, which have yelow flesh and a creamy texture. They did wonders for the salad, adding a wonderful texture contrast to the sharp bite of the Endive. Enjoy!

Salade riviera, 2.0

Combine first four ingredients in a bowl. Toss with Dressing to taste. Enjoy!

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