spontaneous veggie hot potato salad
This dish initially had other aspirations. Leftover turkey meatloaf a third
night this week bob was thinking, but this time some mashed potatoes on the
side! Mashed potatoes with some sautéed veggies incorporated. So the plan is
initiated before ani returns from work. And announces that she can't eat meat
that night. Why not? Wednesdays and Fridays. Lent. Oh. Bob is a bit pissed but
accepts the decree. No meat for bob either, but ani has to take over the meal
direction (bob insists). The potatoes are boiled. The veggies are done. What to
do? Ani decides to mix them together, toss in a handful of arugula (the jagged
stuff, like in Italy) and a bit of allspice, and it becomes hot potato salad.
And the entree for the evening, with a side salad of lemon-olive oil arugula and
some halved grape tomatoes added in. It works. Everybody is happy.
- 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, cleaned and cubed (less than a cm side),
skins left on
- 2 T olive oil
- 1/2 stalk celery, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/6 red pepper, 1/6 green pepper, chopped finely
- 1 side layer of a fennel bulb, diced finely
- 1 baby eggplant, cubed like the tomatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- some boiling water
- a pinch of allspice
- 1 T butter, sliced thin
- Prepare the potatoes and barely cover with salted water and boil about 15
minutes until tender.
- Clean and prep the celery, peppers, fennel, and baby eggplant, or
whatever you can scavenge from the refrigerator.
- Heat the oil in a stir fry pan or chef's pan and dump in all the veggies
except the eggplant and sauté them a bit (a little salt brings out the
flavor?), then toss in the eggplant cubes too and continue sautéing until
everything is softened, stirring to prevent sticking or burning.
- Grind in some black pepper.
- When patience wears thin, pour in say a quarter cup of boiling water and
let go on low heat for a while while it continues to cook.
- Drain the potatoes and combine with the veggies and the thin slices of
butter (to melt quicker), add the allspice and adjust for salt and pepper,
mixing up the ingredients with the final addition of the arugula.
- Serve. No meatloaf. No mashing. Enjoy anyway.
- Lent. If you can't say something good, don't say it, bob. Too many people
to offend unnecessarily.
- Illustrations available.