Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Hot potato, bacon and nasturtium salad

It's potato-tastic down at the allotment at the moment. We have 5 different varieties blooming and I cannot wait for the shoots to die off so I can get digging for what is easily human being's most popular vegetable.

I grew a few salad potatoes in a couple of large pots so that we had a few easy to hand. These were eagerly dug out by my daughter and then quickly boiled up ready for a quick and simple supper.

I fried up a little bacon in a pan then added the potatoes, crushed by hand, into the bacon fat and cooked until golden. A few spinach leaves and olives were tossed amongst the hot potatoes and plated up. Some pretty nasturtiums and a simple vinaigrette completed the dish making our humble little potatoes growing out of a cheap plastic tub into a thing of beauty.

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Hot potato, bacon and nasturtium salad
Feeds 4

2 tbsp olive oil
6 slices of bacon, roughly chopped
A medium pan of small waxy salad potatoes, boiled
A few handfuls of spinach and olives
Nasturtium petals, washed

For the vinaigrette

1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
Salt and pepper

1 - Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the bacon and cook until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside.
2 - Crush the potatoes by hand straight into the hot oil and cook, turning regularly, until golden brown.
3 - Return the bacon to the pan along with the olives and spinach.
4 - To make the vinaigrette, thoroughly combine the ingredients.
5 - To serve, plate up the salad, scatter over nasturtium petals and drizzle over a little dressing.

4 comments:

Hannah said...

I have voted for you - I hope you win - you are only 1% off the winner but it won't let me vote twice - what a shame.
All well here - Sacha is much better and I have just finished book 8 - a book of popcorn recipe - lots of fun as you can imagine!
It would be lovely to catch up soon - do call me when you get time or let me know when is good to call you Hannah
xxxx

Hannah said...

I have voted - tried to vote twice but it wouldn't let me. Hope you win. All well here - Sacha is much better and I have just finished book 8 - popcorn - very kitsch but a fun projected. Still working full time and it is a struggle to fit everything in but you know me - I love a challenge. Would be great to catch up properly
Hannah
xxx

Andrea said...

popped over to vote and you're in the lead! Good luck David x

cackster said...

Great use of the holy vegetable. Should try it with my home grown ones too.