Monday, November 10, 2008

Recipe : Warm (Mashed) Potato & Ham Salad

Potato and Ham salad is a dish I first tasted many years ago in a German restaurant.

The combination is interesting and the carbs in the potatoes make it quite a comfort dish.

This dish can be served as a salad (if you chop the potatoes rather than mash them, as a side dish or even as a base to assemble something fancy on top of. I can even eat it as a one dish meal. This is really fast to rustle up, especially if you keep a few cooked potatoes in your refrigerator as standby. Once the potatoes are cooked, the dish is ready in under 7 minutes.

You can also combine flavours to complement your main dish or the dish you build on top of this salad.

The following recipe can serve as a side dish for 2-3 people.

Cook 3 medium size potatoes till soft.
Mash potatoes with pepper, salt (use very little salt as your ham will have salt content too) and a bit of milk (you can add cream instead of milk if you aren't calorie conscious)
Cut 2 slabs of ham (tinned variety) and lightly fry on each side. Cut the slabs into reasonably sized cubes.
Fold the ham into the till warm mashed potatoes.
The dish is ready to serve.
If the mashed potatoes turn cold before you can serve it, feel free to zap it in a microwave.
Garnish with a bit of parsley.

There are tons of innovations that you can introduce in this dish during the stage when you are mashing the potatoes. These include
1. chopped herbs of your choice
2. chopped garlic lightly toasted in butter
3. spice powders
4. your favorite dipping sauce or flavored sauce (decrease the milk/cream so that you do not add too much liquid overall)

I wanted a bit of a bite the last time I made this, so I just added a bit of Nandos extra hot peri peri sauce.

If you had a bad experience at a Nando's restaurant don't be cynical. The sauces they sell are really good.

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