Potato salad is a classic and a staple of summer outdoor dining. It is rare to find a picnic table next to a grill that is missing that quintessential bowl of mayonnaise and mustard coated chunks of taters. Those taters that just round out all the flavors on that paper plate which is now bowing down under the weight of the hot dog, hamburger, corn cob, salad, grilled veggies and everything else that you attempted to cram on there. My favorite version of potato salad is creamy with a nice vinegary brightness and little pops of briny deliciousness in the form of capers with a strong herbal punch via lots and lots of dill. This is a slightly updated and cleaner version of the old school potato salad we all know and love but I guarantee showing up with this at your next cook-out will leave no one disappointed!
Suggestion: make a potato salad hot dog, they are the best! Bun, dog, top with potato salad and nom!
This makes a lot of potato salad! Feed a crowd!
- 1 1/2 pounds each baby red and baby golden potatoes, quartered
- 2 bay leaves, dried
- 1/4 cup good white wine vinegar
- 1 cup creme fraiche
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 small red onion, finely minced
- 3 tablespoons capers, drained
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, lightly chopped
- salt and pepper
In a large stockpot, add the potatoes, bay leaves and enough cold water to cover everything completely and then some. Add a good heavy pinch of salt to the pot and bring to a boil with the lid on. Allow the potatoes to cook in the boiling water for 10-15 minutes or until they are fork tender.
Drain the potatoes in a colander and then spread them out on a baking sheet. While they are still really good and hot, drizzle them evenly with the white wine vinegar and allow them to cool.
In a large bowl, prepare the dressing. Add the creme fraiche, mustard, garlic, onion, dill and capers and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When the potatoes are cool add them to the bowl with the dressing and toss to combine. Taste one more time to make sure you have a good amount of seasoning. Take them to your picnic/grill-out and enjoy! Cheers!