It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas already – it’s football time in the SEC! Every year it feels like the season comes and goes. We wait with baited breath for the first kick-off of our favorite team, all the while planning the menu for next weekend’s tailgate. And here in Alabama, the topic of conversation almost always circles back to food, no matter what time of year.
So, whether you sing “Rammer Jammer” or “Rocky Top,” shout “War Eagle” or “Woo Pig Sooie,” this easy and light potato salad is sure to please. It will be gobbled up so quickly at your next tailgate party you’ll have requests for it well into the holiday season.
Sage and goat cheese potato salad with honey mustard vinaigrette
2 pound red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 small shallots, finely chopped
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey mustard
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 4-ounce log herbed goat cheese, crumbled
Place potatoes in a large saucepan. Cover with water, add about 1/4 cup salt and bring to a boil. Let boil 10-15 minutes, or until it is tender when touched with a fork. Place potatoes in a large bowl and chill.
Meanwhile, combine white wine vinegar, honey mustard, pepper and Kosher salt. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Whisk until well combined.
Add shallots, celery and sage to potatoes. Pour vinaigrette over potato mixture and lightly toss together. Sprinkle goat cheese on top. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.
Erica T. Hopper is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, where she earned a degree in Baking and Pastry. She is a freelance food stylist and recipe tester, who, when not in the Test Kitchens of Southern Living, can likely be found in the kitchen of close friends and Ross Bridge residents Joseph and Miko Kulovitz. Hoover residents may also recognize her as the face behind Simple Bites Gourmet (simplebitesgourmet.com), which provides all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free protein bars.
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