Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cooking Vegetables with a Sous Vide Supreme, Potato Salad


I have been having a good time trying out my Sous Vide Supreme. After I made the Orange and Cinnamon Butternut Squash, I thought I'd give potatoes a try. 

I am not a fan of traditional potato salad. It's just not my thing.  I do, however, love the idea of creamy, toothsome, potatoes blended with other tasty ingredients. The roasted potato salad in Welcoming Kitchen is one of my favorite bring-along summer dishes.

Potatoes in the Sous Vide Supreme seemed like the ideal way to make potato salad. You don't risk over-boiling the potatoes and ending up with water-logged, mushy bites. I was right! I ended up with potato chunks with just the right texture. Fork tender, but still with a bit of bite. They were a blank canvas on which I could add any flavors I wanted, instead of having to work with the roasted flavor of oven-baked potatoes.

For this potato dish, I kept it simple. I cooked potatoes with red onion, jalapeno peppers and olive oil. Salt and pepper were the only condiments. I served it warm. It was lovely.

For a cold potato salad, I would toss it with a dash of red wine vinegar or a fancy herb vinegar.

This potato salad/dish is one more example of how a Sous Vide Supreme can work beautifully in vegetarian cooking.


Potatoes with Jalapenos and Red Onion
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
  • 3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed 1-inch
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, small dice (more seeds = spicier, fewer seeds = milder)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
Preparation:
  1. Add all ingredients in cooking bag.
  2. Shake to combine.
  3. Vacuum seal.
  4. Cook in Sous Vide Supreme at 183F for one hour.
  5. If serving cold, put bag in refrigerator.
  6. Toss with a splash of red wine vinegar or herb vinegar before serving, if desired.
 Note: If you do not have a Sous Vide, you can parboil the potato chunks. Then, saute the jalapenos and onion in olive oil until soft, and then add the potatoes until cooked to desired tenderness.

 Required disclosure: I received a Sous Vide Supreme to create 3 recipes. The opinions are my own, and I received no other compensation.

Happy Cooking!
Kim

Find more tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.