You won’t believe how magnificent these are until you taste them. I saw Ina making these on Barefoot Contessa the other day and I was INSTANTLY sold. Basically you cut fingerling potatoes in half and lay them all out on a platter with a big bowl of freshly made aioli, and you dip the fingerling potatoes into the aioli and eat. I know this is very food nerdy of me, but they are REALLY fun to eat, and they are SO good. If you’ve never made aioli at home, now is the time. It’s SO easy and sooooooo tangy, creamy and delicious. Yes, I am completely swooning as I write and think about this dish. Here’s how to make these:
1/2 slice bread (soft-ish sandwich bread, not a crusty baguette)
1.5 tbsp cider vinegar
1.5 lbs fingerlings
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 egg yolks
zest of 1 small lemon
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp saffron
salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
chopped chives for garnish
Place the half bread slice in a bowl with the cider vinegar. Let it soak and soften up for 5 minutes. We will use this bread to thicken the aioli.
Place the fingerling potatoes in a big pot and cover with cold water. Toss in a tablespoon of salt, then bring to a boil, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your fingerlings. They are done when they are fork tender (taste one to be sure they are perfectly done). Drain and let cool.
In the meantime, it’s time to make the aioli. Place the garlic, egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, saffron, 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper in a food processor and blend until very smooth (you don’t want big chunks of raw garlic in the aioli). Toss in the bread and its vinegar, and process again until smooth and distributed. With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil so it can emulsify. Once it’s a smooth homogeneous mixture, taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
Slice the fingerlings in half down the length of the potato. Lay them on a platter with a bowl of aioli, and season the potatoes with sea salt and pepper, and sprinkle with chives. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from Ina Garten