Thursday, July 7, 2011

Creamy Buttermilk Potato Salad

A different little twist on potato salad that turned out pretty darn good! G2 doesn't like potato salad, but I love it, so I'm kind of always trying some new way to sneak it in and convince him it's good. Sometimes it works, and this was one of them. Actually, I don't always love it. I don't love it when it's like cold mashed potatoes drenched in mayo and mustard. That mushy mess just isn't very appealing on any level. These potatoes were tender, not mushy, and they still look like, well, potatoes. This recipe gave me the idea, I just simplified and shrunk it a bit.

1 carton of red potatoes (I don't really know how much that is. The cardboard green carton things from the farmer's market). Maybe 3 cups?, quartered
1/4 cup sour cream (light)
1/4 cup buttermilk (1%)
1/4-1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp plus smoked paprika

Put the quartered potatoes and big pinch of salt in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and let cool for about 30 minutes. Then just mix the sour cream, buttermilk and everything else with a whisk. Toss the still semi-warm potatoes with the dressing and serve or chill for a while. Dust with a little more paprika when served.

The tangy potatoes were a great compliment to our falafel that night (not exactly that falafel, I think I've simplified it since the earlier post. I'll have re-post the new and improved version). Using buttermilk and light sour cream is a much lighter option than loads and loads of mayo. And it doesn't look like mush.

*Potatoes kind of get a bad rap, and although they are high in carbohydrates (not necessarily a bad thing), they are also a good source of fiber, protein, iron, vitamin C and magnesium. And, surprisingly, they have twice the amount of potassium that a banana contains. Potassium aids in muscle contraction, helps keep electrolytes balanced and helps with nerve impulses. Important little mineral. I think I've just sold myself on eating more potatoes.

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