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Old 08-05-2007, 02:25 PM   #31
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...is that what it's called "French Potato Salad" or does it go by another name?
Yes, though if you look through published recipes you'll see some variations such as using chicken broth and wine (which I sometimes do), and parsley instead of tarragon, but the basic concept is the same: cooked sliced potatoes tossed with wine (and broth) and sliced French shallots, and dressed with a French vinaigrette, s&p and minced fresh herbs (usually parsley).

I find it best served at room temperature as the delicate aromas and flavours are more pronounced.

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Old 08-05-2007, 02:52 PM   #32
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I am another believer in testing the potato with a fork. I don't like my potatoes mashed for potato sald, but they can't be crunchy. I also splash a little apple cider or sherry vinegar on the potatoes after they are strained and it gives them an incredible flavor when I finish making the potato salad.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:12 PM   #33
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Don't feel too bad, Legend_018.

I was asked to make potato salad for a cookout last weekend, and had the same exact issue, and with red potatoes too.

I can flambe' with ease, make delicate cakes from scratch, etc. etc. But don't ask me to do the darn potato salad.

And I have come to the conclusion that this is one of those things that the homemade isn't really muvh better than the store bought anyway. Other people might feel differently, but for me, it's just not worth the trouble.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:24 PM   #34
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And I have come to the conclusion that this is one of those things that the homemade isn't really muvh better than the store bought anyway. Other people might feel differently, but for me, it's just not worth the trouble.
Say it isn't true! All you have to do is test the potato with a fork. Or better yet, take one of the larger chunks out and taste test it. Nothing beats homemade when it comes to most things. Even over-cooked potatoes aren't too bad, you just have to toss them gently. You can even use baked potatoes. When cool enough to handle cut in chunks.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:45 PM   #35
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Katie E, thanks for the tip on using the rice cooker for making potato salad. I will have to try it sometime.

Instead of mayo, I use a product called Vegenaise made with grapeseed oil. It is creamy like mayo but doesn't have that sharp taste mayo gives. It can be purchased in health food stores or Whole Foods, Wild Oats. It costs more than mayo, but has good health benefits for the heart because of the grapeseed oil. There's a Vegenaise made with soy, but get the one with the purple label because that's the one with the grapeseed oil and a healthier option, I believe. The Vegenaise is a vegan product so there are no eggs in it.

In addition to red potatoes and Vegenaise, I use thinly sliced green onions and a product called Bragg Liquid Aminos (also bought at health food stores, etc ) instead of salt. The Bragg Liquid Aminos imparts an Asian like flavor.

The Vegenaise can be substituted whenever mayo is called for.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:13 PM   #36
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...don't ask me to do the darn potato salad...I have come to the conclusion that this is one of those things that the homemade isn't really muvh better than the store bought ... for me, it's just not worth the trouble.
Yikes! And hopefully you have joined this forum in order to rid your mind of such sophistry.

I'm sure that all committed members here have struggled with particular dishes at some time in their lives. Most have persevered until some level of satisfaction was achieved, many have excelled, and some have even taken it to the next level, but few have ever given up.

Make this dish your challenge; research it, experiment with it, see where it takes you and more importantly, see where you can take IT... and keep us posted on your progress.

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The Bragg Liquid Aminos imparts an Asian like flavor.
This is also good spritzed over a salad. I bet it is good used as you describe!!
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