July 4th Cookout

by Sava

Can you  believe it?  We’re kissing June goodbye and welcoming July! First up is THE 4TH of JULY weekend. I guess most people have barbeques going on in their back yards or at the beach (like us). Hot dogs and hamburgers are the popular pick if there are kids involved. Who doesn’t love a hot dog with lots of mustard and onions? When many friends and family get together for this outing in particular, I would venture to say, 9 times out of 10, someone will bring potato salad! I have never been a fan of “conventional” potato salad…something about the mayo and potato combination that always made me feel kinda sick to my stomach. Luckily, my mom never made that kind. In our house, it was Greek potato salad that we all ate and loved. It is easier with fewer ingredients and none of the worry of mayo going bad if it gets too warm. It can be eaten warm or cold, it is equally delicious. Give it a try. I think you will really like it!

Greek Potato Salad (Patata Salata)

8 medium potatoes cut in 1 1/2″ chunks                                          4 T red wine vinegar

1 onion,  chopped                                                                                      Salt & pepper, to taste

1/2 c green onions, finely chopped                                                    1 T dried Greek oregano

1/2 c olive oil                                                                                               2 T fresh parsley

Boil potatoes till tender and drain, then put into a bowl. Mix remaining ingredients in another bowl and pour over hot potatoes, toss and immediately cover with foil. Toss again before serving.  You may serve this warm or chill before serving. It only gets better with time, so hope for some leftovers!

Let the fireworks begin!   Have fun but be safe.

See you next time.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan July 1, 2011 at 6:34 am

OK, that actualy sounds good! Do the onions have to be cut fine?


Sava July 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

Hey, Danny…no the onions can be left in chunks if that’s how you like them! Remember, in any recipe, you can make adjustments to the ingredients, like coarsely chopping the onions rather than finely chopping, to fit your preferences. BUT if you change the ingredients, adding or subtracting something, it is no longer the authentic recipe! It becomes your version of the recipe. Got that?? Good. Let me know how you liked it! Yassou!


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