Day 136: Smashed Potato Salad ♥ with Sour Cream & Fresh Mint

Smashed Potato Salad with Sour Cream & Fresh Mint, an extra-easy summer potato salad ♥ Just Four Ingredients. Great for Meal Prep.
A simple but somehow special potato salad, just new potatoes smashed (but not quite mashed) toss while hot with sour cream, a little butter and finely chopped fresh mint. Lovely for summer!

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Resurrecting a Recipe

This cook's of a mind that potato salads are like jeans, one pair's just not enough. You might have a traditional favorite with mayonnaise but new potatoes in a vinaigrette make your heart sing. Heavens, you can even make "potato" salad with cauliflower or sweet potatoes. And serve it warm! Hello, potato people ..

I first mixed this "Smashed" Potato Salad way back in 2005. To say I was underwhelmed is an understatement. But I'm on a mission to make every single recipe here on A Veggie Venture a winner, one you can count on and fall in love with.

This one? Super easy to fall in love with! It's the combination of creaminess (from the sour cream) and the bright herbs (oh, mint!). I made a batch one night and then again two nights later. There's just something captivating about new potatoes smashed with their skins on, creating a blend of almost-mashed and soft potato chunks, all held together with sour cream, a little butter and ... oh my ... fresh mint.

Two Versions

#1 The Early-in-the-Week-and-I-Overindulged-Over-the-Weekend Version Use non-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
#2 The Late-in-the-Week-and-I've-Eaten-Carefully-All-Week Version Use sour cream, preferably the full-fat stuff.

Either way, one thing is very important, let me stress it again, very very important! The salad needs to rest for 24 hours. That means it's not only good for make-ahead, it's essential it's made ahead! It just takes awhile for the mint flavor to begin to sing ... and tempt you away from your favorite jeans potato salad.

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Smashed Potato Salad with Sour Cream & Fresh Mint, an extra-easy summer potato salad ♥ Just Four Ingredients. Great for Meal Prep.


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 30 minutes
Makes 4-1/2 cups

2 pounds new potatoes or small potatoes, any color
Water to cover
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Additional salt to taste

COOK THE POTATOES Bring the potatoes, water and salt to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a fast simmer, then cover and let simmer until the potatoes are fully cooked. Drain the potatoes and return to the hot pan.

SMASH THE POTATOES & MIX THE POTATO SALAD With a potato masher or a large meat fork, smash the potatoes quite aggressively, you're not "mashing" but "smashing" but still, you want each potato to be broken apart and the more mashed, the better, without losing some semblance of the whole small potatoes. Stir in the butter until it melts. Stir in the sour cream and fresh mint and parsley. Taste and adjust the salt, be generous.

NOW WAIT 24 HOURS Sorry, you'll wonder what all the fuss is about if you eat this right away and even within a few hours. Instead, wait 24 hours because like most potato salads, this one really becomes special only after the flavors meld.

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