Monday, June 11, 2012

boiled potatoes with herb vinaigrette

Mr. Collins:  And what excellent boiled potatoes.  It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.  To which of my fair cousins should I compliment the cooking?

That line comes from my favorite movie and is one of my favorite lines as part of one of the most comical scenes.  We used this line on our daughter, who made dinner for us last night.  An excellent dinner, at that.  These potatoes are wonderful.  My daughter said next time she will cut the potatoes in half before tossing them in the vinaigrette so as to enjoy more of the vinaigrette.

boiled potatoes with herb vinaigrette (The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Dinah Bucholz)
3 pounds small new potatoes (we used Dutch Yellow Baby Potatoes)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Scrub the potatoes and place in a pot.  Fill the pot with water to cover the potatoes.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes can be pierced easily with a fork, about 25 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Add the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and dill, and toss to combine.  Serve warm.  Serves 6 very hungry eaters.

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