Monday, September 6, 2010
Czech Potato Salad
We enjoy this traditional salad every Christmas back home in the Czech Republic and It is most definitely irreplaceable dish at nearly everyone's Christmas table. Every family has a bit different recipe, some add boiled ham, eggs, peppers and some don't. But what everybody uses are boiled potatoes, carrots, peas, pickled gherkins and mayonnaise :) and that's the basic! The best potato salad is prepared a day before Christmas Eve so that all the ingredients can "mellow" for a day. We serve it with deep fried carp fish from our lakes and a glass of cool sparkling wine. Different versions of this salad are widely spread across Eastern Europe. When I asked a friend of mine from Latvia if she could recommend a dish that we could cook together, POTATO salad was her answer. It was nearly the same salad that our family has been cooking for many generations, except for one thing, and it was Latvian ham that was added to it. You will find one of many recipes in my comments!