Garlic Potato Salad with Chorizo – Difference Between a Gift, a Present, and…Aioli

Garlic Potato Salad with Chorizo
“I don’t like mayo,” he responded after I had mentioned how much I hypocritically like Houstons‘ coleslaw. Houstons’ coleslaw doesn’t use mayo, but he had this look on his face. I conceded. I don’t particularly like mayo either.

Mayonnaise by itself does, for lack of a more sophisticated phrase for a trailer trashy food anyway, gross me out, but I don’t have a particularly strong opinion about the condiment in foods. Ordering a sandwich, “hold the mayo” is really just the combined resulting reflex reflecting years of body-conscious brainwashing and a need for a pseudo-sense of control. If mayo makes it onto my sandwich, I’ll still eat it, only mildly irritated on the principle of not getting what I asked, not because I didn’t actually want to eat mayo.

But he actually does not like mayo. I’m pretty sure that his muttering something about its texture like congealed slime indicates that he might hate mayo.

So when he unpacked a tiny tupperware of My Little Pony-esqe pink and purple potato salad to accompany my birthday dinner of barbecued ribs that had been de-ribbed so I could pretend to eat like a lady, I realized that he’s a type of guy I rarely encounter. In the past, guys have presented me with…an iPod shuffle.

But he. He’s the type of guy who gives gifts.

And the type who makes aioli from scratch.

Garlic Potato Salad with Chorizo Recipe

If the challenge of making your own aioli is too daunting, substitute a store-bought mayo that has been mixed with minced garlic. The potato salad will taste about the same, but you will have to live with the shame of store bought mayo. Don’t worry, it’s not bad. I live with that kind of shame every day.

Garlic Aioli

  • 1 clove garlic, super finely minced
  • 1/8 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 c. canola or other vegetable oil

Whisk garlic, mustard, and egg yolk until egg yolk is thickened. Combine oils then add to egg yolk in a thin stream while whisking. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in water a few drops at a time to manage consistency.

Potato Salad

  • 1 pound of fingerling potatoes
  • 1 link Chorizo de Bilbao
  • 2 green onions
  • salt/pepper to taste

Simmer potatoes in water until tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool, then cut into ½“ pieces.

Cut 1 link of chorizo de Bilbao into ¼” pieces. Saute until crispy (substitute bacon), drain fat.

Chop 2 green onions.

Combine potatoes, chorizo and green onions. Mix with enough aioli to coat the potatoes, about ¼ cup. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Keep potato salad chilled until serving. Use remaining aioli for something else.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amy July 1, 2009 at 7:02 am

I feel the exact same you do about Mayo…Good idea about the aioli…and the gift giving. : )

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2 Dana Zia July 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I like it. I think this sounds delish! I am looking for something different and fun for the fourth. This might be it. Have a delicious day!

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3 catty July 2, 2009 at 9:23 am

a man who makes his own aioli? I know you don’t ‘date’ but DATE HIM!

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4 Carolyn Jung July 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Any man who makes aioli from scratch is a keeper! The fact that he gave it to you when he hates the stuff makes it an even more cherished gesture. ;)

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5 Kelley September 2, 2009 at 7:25 am

Way to mix up potato salad! Looks delicious!

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6 ramon September 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm

i got the chorizo potato combo in my head and was wondering how best to dress then and i came upon this article, magnificent combination, thanks.

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7 Sarah J. Gim October 30, 2009 at 11:02 am

amy: the reality is mayo and aioli ARE the same thing, right? just that aioli has an a$$load of garlic :) also, mayo can sometimes be suspiciously substituted with…*gag* miracle whip

dana zia: it’s not all that different, except that who knew the colored potatoes would be so apropos?

catty: been there. done that. ;)

carolyn: and i am guessing he whisked that with his bigbrawny biceps. *le sigh*

kelley: doesn’t it? look delicious? it was.

ramon: and i have been told that bacn is just as good :)

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8 Properties for sale Saas grund January 10, 2012 at 5:25 am

That is looking so yummy and without any doubts is a piece of cake to prepare it. 

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