Saturday, August 30, 2014

Danish Potato Salad

I had this salad at my brother's place while visiting with him and it was so good.  Part of a really lovely light meal and one that sat just right with me.

Danish Potato Salad
In fact I liked it so much, I asked him for the recipe.  And here it is.  In all of its Danish glory.

But I can read Danish, and translate it as well.

And I did.  

I decided to make it for Tapas this week.   And ummm, I think I should have labeled the bowl it was in, cause a lot of people thought it was a dessert.   It did look all creamy and gooey.
Oh well, I have quite a bit left and it will be eaten this week.

The one my brother made was a lot lighter as well, and I liked the taste better as well.  I followed the recipe as written, except for the mustard powder, I  kinda screwed up on that.  Cause when I tasted it, like any good cook should, I decided it needed more, and while it was good, it really didn't need the extra.
Did. Not. Need. The. Extra. Mustard.

 I cook and make mistakes too, and I'm sharing the good and the whoops with you.

I bought some baby potatoes in the 'big city' last week, and decided they would be perfect for this.  They were a mixture of red, yellow and purple potatoes.  But I just decided to use the red and yellow potatoes, cause the purple ones looked, well, they just looked like they might not have gone all that well with the rest.  And besides which, they tasted good, fried up in a pan, with a little ketchup.


I cooked them til they were 'just done', and then peeled the lot, sliced them into roughly thirds. Which if you've ever eaten baby potatoes, you'll understand that it was a little fiddly.  Oh well...  And I know I could have left the skins on, but they had a bit of a bitter taste, this was for a potato salad, so I peeled them. 
Look how pretty the colors are, the red potatoes made a pink potato and the yellow, well, they stayed yellow.    I elected to not put in the baby blue/purple potatoes as I wanted to eat them on my own. And I thought they might look kinda odd.

I then minced up half a very large shallot.
Red and Yellow Potatoes and Shallot
Mixed the vinegar, mustard powder,
creme fraiche
together, then added the minced shallot.
Chopped Shallots
I loved the color of the purple shallot, as well as that oniony flavour, mixed together.
Folded the cut potatoes into it, and placed it in the fridge.
Danish Potato Salad
When I tasted it a little later, I decided to add some of the garlic scapes I've been growing,
Garlic Scape
as well as a little light sour cream.   I thought it was just a tad dense.
But I served it with a couple 'scapes' to decorate the top.
Danish Potato Salad
And there you have it.
Next time though, I won't add extra mustard powder. sigh.   But I will add a touch of sugar to it.

yield: 4-6 servingsprint recipe

Danish Potato Salad

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 25 mins
This is a slightly different twist on the usual potato salad. Using Creme Fraiche and a little vinegar along with a little hot mustard powder instead of mayonnaise gives this a nice twist.


  • 2 lbs. new red and yellow potatoes, cooked.  Peeled if desired
  • 1/2 cup Creme Fraiche
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Wine or White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Colman's mustard powder
  • 1 small Shallot, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons Garlic Scapes or chopped Chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)


  1. Cook and peel the potatoes, then cut into thirds if using small new potatoes. Or do a nice dice on them. 
  2. Mince the shallot, set aside. 
  3. Whisk together the Creme Fraiche, Sour Cream, Vinegar and Mustard Powder. (add the salt here if using it). 
  4. Place the potatoes and minced shallots in a bowl, add the garlic scapes or chives. 
  5.  Pour the dressing over the potato mixture and toss gently to combine. Place in the fridge for a few hours for the flavors to get acquainted. 
  6. When ready to serve, place the potato salad in a pretty bowl and decorate with either chopped chives or a couple of garlic scapes.
  7.  Please be aware that mixing the vinegar together with the sour cream/ Creme Fraiche will cause it to thicken quite a bit.   
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This recipe and many more Danish Recipes are in my cookbook Hygge- Danish Food and Recipes Dansk Mad og Opskrifter til et Hyggeligt Hjemme, available on Amazon. Also available as an ebook. 
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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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