No. 1 : Quick Recipe

Smashed Potato Salad with Manchego Vinaigrette

  • About 2 – 3 LBs Baby Potatoes
  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil + 2 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup Grated Manchego Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 4 Anchovies, drained and minced
  • 2 – 3 TB Sherry Vinegar
  • 6- 8 Cups Arugula
  • ½ Cup Chopped Parsley

Step One

Preheat the oven to 425F. Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water for about 15 minutes. Drain and leave them in the pot for about 5 minutes to dry out.

Step Two

Remove them from the pot and place on a sheet tray lined with aluminum foil. Using a potato masher (or the heel of your hand) squash the potatoes. Set aside until they are completely cool. (Can be done the day before and refrigerated.)

Step Three

Spray a roasting pan with olive oil and then add the potatoes, season with salt and pepper and spray or drizzle with the 2 TB olive oil. Slide into the preheated oven until they are crispy and browned – 30 to 45 minutes.

Step Four

Make the dressing while the potatoes are roasting. Add the cheese, ¼ Cup oil, paprika, anchovies and sherry vinegar to a jar and shake well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place the roasted potatoes on the arugula and drizzle with the dressing. Garnish with parsley.

No. 2 : Kitchen SCOOP

Real Manchego cheese is only from sheep that are raised in the La Mancha region of Spain. Aged for a minimum of 60 days and pressed into a cylindrical mold that gives it the unique shape, the brown color of the rind comes from its long maturation process.

No. 3 : Clever Idea

Anchovies are a dividing ingredient – you like them or DON’T! Although you will never actually taste them in this dressing – you can actually substitute 3 TBs mashed Kalamata olives for a tin of anchovies – so for this recipe you would use 1½ TBs mashed olives.

No. 4 : Cheers!

Toad Hollow Unaked Chardonnay Francine’s Selection
Mendocino County California
About $12.00

Although many think that red wine pairs better with a cheesy dressing like this one – I like a dry drinkable white to match with both the creamy cheese and the pop of smoked paprika. Plus I love the philosophy behind this wine – as much as I like its taste. At Toad Hollow Vineyards, their mission is to produce quality wines that are delicious, interesting and reasonably priced. This crisp clean and refreshing white fits that description perfectly

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