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Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Corn, Blue Cheese & Lemony Creme Fraiche Dressing

roasted fingerling potato salad with creme fraiche

When it comes to entertaining in the summer, I like to keep it casual and relaxed. A fun and refreshing cocktail to get the evening started, and then a meal complete with something off the grill, and some really nice make ahead side salads and gratins that feature the farmer’s market’s best ingredients. For dessert, I like to go with something fresh and fruity with things like cherries, peaches, and berries.

I just finished teaching a week of cooking classes the last before summer break, that featured this menu:

Pickled Shrimp & Tomato Skewers

Grilled Tri Tip Steaks with Smoky Steak Sauce

Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Corn, Blue Cheese, and Lemony Creme Fraiche Dressing

Tomato Gratin with Asiago Bread Crumbs

Individual Bourbon Spiked Cherry Pies

The entire menu was make-ahead friendly,  perfect for serving buffet style, and delicious eaten at room temperature. Exactly what I wanted for my casual no-stess evening.

Having everything ready before  your guests arrive will definitely make you smile. You are sure to have fun, and will feel ready to enjoy that cool refreshing cocktail or two with your guests, instead of running around trying to pull everything together at the last minute.

I posted a picture of the little cherry pies on Instagram before class started…

bourbon spiked cherry pies

but it’s the potato salad that I am featuring today. A spin on traditional potato salad,  I have roasted  the potatoes to bring out their warm, sweet flavor.  Fresh corn & blue cheese also get tossed into the bowl and I used creme fraiche as a base for the dressing, which added a really nice tang.

—–And as long as you have creme fraiche and blue cheese in the mix, why not  really take it over the top and  add in a bit of crispy bacon crumbles too if you like. That combination would go really well alongside some ribs—-and a perfect addition to your Father’s Day grill menu.

Happy summer!

roasted fingerling potato salad with creme fraiche

 

Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Corn, Blue Cheese & Lemony Creme Fraiche Dressing
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fingerling potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup creme fraiche
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • Kernels from 3 ears of corn
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss potatoes together with the olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; transfer to a large baking sheet and roast 45 minutes. Cool potatoes to room temperature.
  2. Whisk together the creme fraiche, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic in a large bowl. Add potatoes, corn, and blue cheese and toss well to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Mix together the Italian parsley, tarragon, and chives in a small bowl. Sprinkle herb mixture over salad and serve.

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Apple Galette with Creme Fraiche

DSC_3867This past weekend we took a little ride up to the mountains to do a bit of hiking, catch some early fall foliage  and pick apples at a nearby orchard.

Before heading up the trail, we stopped at a few of our favorite shops to pick up some goodies to take with us…

DSC_3878With a picnic lunch in tow, we hiked to the top of Crabtree Falls and enjoyed the views with every step…

DSC_3864DSC_3843We arrived at the apple orchard late in the afternoon, ready to fill our bags with fresh apples…and boy did we pick some apples….I think about 45 pounds of Rome, Fuji, and Stayman (a local Virginia apple).

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So now it’s time to make everything I can think of with all of these apples… apple pancakes for breakfast, Cookin’ Canuck’s Family Apple Sauce, and this…

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Apple Galette with Creme Fraiche

I really like the light and flaky texture of the sugary crust…very  similar to an Elephant Ear Cookie, or Palmier. Add a dollop of creme fraiche if you like, to add a little bit of tanginess.

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Apple Gallete with Creme Fraiche
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 tablespoons ice water

1 1/2 pounds firm apples , peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup  peach apricot preserves
Whole milk

Blend flour and salt in processor. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add ice water and blend just until dough begins to clump together. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep dough chilled. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.

Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/8-inch-thick round, 14 inches in diameter. Remove top sheet of parchment. Using bottom sheet as aid, transfer dough on parchment to large unrimmed baking sheet. Chill 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine apple slices, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon peel in medium bowl; toss to blend. Spread preserves over crust, leaving 1 1/2-inch plain border. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles atop preserves, overlapping slightly. Using parchment as aid, fold plain crust border up over apples, pinching any cracks in crust. Brush crust with milk. Sprinkle crust edges and apples with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake galette 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking until crust is golden, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven. Slide long thin knife between parchment and galette. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

8 Servings

Creme Fraiche

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons buttermilk

Combine heavy whipping cream and buttermilk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until just warm to the touch, then transfer mixture to a glass jar and cover. Let stand at room temperature (about 70 degrees F.) for 8 to 24 hours, or until thickened. Stir well and refrigerate. Use within 10 days.

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