Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Higgs Boson Potato Salad

     Now that physicists have confirmed the discovery of the Higgs boson (with a 99.9 to the tenth degree % of certainty) I think it's high time we celebrated- with potato salad. They made the announcement on the Fourth of July so clearly they were thinking about potato salad as well, don't you think? Plus maybe a few other things concerning the nature of reality. Whatever.
     The Higgs is the particle or field, that gives other elementary particles mass so they can come together and create everything in the universe, you, me, potatoes. And no question potatoes have mass. Right there we can see the Higgs in action. But potato salad is more than just potatoes; without the dressing it's just boiled spuds. Sure you can add eggs and celery and whatever else you want. When it comes right down to it the heart of a good potato salad is great potatoes and great dressing. That's what's really gonna give your potato salad mass appeal.

Potato Salad

1 lb gold creamers (or fingerling) potatoes
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise 
1 Tablespoon sour cream
2 teaspoons vinegar  
2 organic free range eggs
1/2 cup finely chopped organic celery stalk (optional)
2 teaspoons paprika
sea salt and cracked pepper to taste 

Boil whole potatoes in a large pot of water for as long as it takes them to get tender. It really depends on the size of your potatoes, 30-40 minutes or there about. The good thing about creamers or fingerings is it's pretty hard to over cook them. If you notice the skin starting to peel, they're probably done.
In another smaller pot boil the eggs for 10-12 minutes, you want them hard boiled. I add salt to the water because I heard it makes them easier to peel. When done, cool down in cold running water and refrigerate.
While potatoes are cooking, make the dressing. In a medium bowl combine mayo, sour cream, and vinegar; add salt and pepper to taste and whisk to mix. Chill until tatters are ready. If you're adding celery, now is a good time to chop them.
When the potatoes are done, you need to let them cool down before you move on the the final phase of the recipe. Maybe read an article of two about the Higgs.
Once potatoes are cooked and chilled it's time for everything to come together. Cut potatoes, I like mine big, into quarters or sixths, again it depends on the size. Place them in a large bowl (add celery now) and toss in the dressing. Peel and slice the eggs and gently fold into potatoes. Adjust your seasoning and sprinkle with paprika. This makes about 4-6 servings and will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.

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