Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Warm Poached Sausage and Potato Salad - Outdoor Wednesday

Hot. Hot. Hot. How do you escape an unexpected heat wave when you have a house full of people, including this beautiful toddler who very much needs to be enjoying the great outdoors? Head with us to Cougar reservoir and join in our French-style al fresco meal. This entree is one of our favorites and it's bistro food at its best. It comes from Lyon, France and it's perfect for a sophisticated picnic hamper or a Styrofoam chest. The salad is extremely easy to make and even easier to eat. It's a perfect meal to serve beside a lake on warm summer days. Here's how it's made.

Warm Sausage and Potato Salad


1 pound fresh, unsmoked pork sausage
3 pounds small new potatoes
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or Champagne vinegar
3 tablespoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons roughly chopped lightly toasted shelled pistachios
1 tablespoon minced parsley leaves
Sprigs fresh chervil or baby parsley, garnish

1) Place sausage in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer; cook until tender and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Do not let boil. Remove pan from the heat and let sausage sit in the hot liquid for 5 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a platter to cool slightly.
2) Meanwhile, in another large saucepan, place potatoes, kosher salt, and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low boil and cook until potatoes are tender but still firm, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly. Slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds and place in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with white wine while still warm. Set aside.
3) In a mixing bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, shallots, garlic, salt, and pepper. While whisking, add the oil in a steady stream and whisk until vinaigrette is thick and emulsified. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Pour over the potatoes and gently toss to coat.
4) Slice sausage into 1/4-inch thick rounds and add to potato mixture. Add chopped parsley and pistachios, and toss gently. Plate for serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe adapted from Emeril Live.

This recipe is being linked to Outdoor Wednesday, an event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.


La Cuisine d'Helene said...

That meal looks so good. We also have an extremely hot week.

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

What a cutie pie! And the potato salad sounds wonderful. It hasn't been as hot here, not like that earlier hot spell we had late this spring - it's just normal hot here lately, thankfully!

theUngourmet said...

I love the pistachios in this. What a nice dish!

Your photo is so beautiful! I would love to visit in person.

noble pig said...

Yes the heat...this would be perfect!

Deb in Hawaii said...

That looks like the perfect dinner salad to enjoy outside. What a smile--he is such a cutie! ;-)

Regina said...

Beautiful water and my favorite salad. Perfect!

My Little Space said...

I love this recipe! And the potatoes look so yummy as well!

Martha said...

The salad looks good and with a crusty loaf and a bottle of wine . . . and perhaps some cherry tomatoes still on the stem . . .

Beautiful lake -- even more beautiful toddler!

Donna-FFW said...

Warm potato salad like this spells comfort to me. Emeril has some great recipes!

Becky K. said...

The blues in your outdoor photo are amazing.

Your little guy is A-dor-a-ble!

I am shunning the out of doors this week as it is way too hot and humid for wimpy me.

Have a great day!
Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

SmilingSally said...

How pretty is that setting? The food looks good and your child is a cutie. Thanks for sharing. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Penny said...

Three gorgeous pictures; the scenery, the divine salad, and the precious toddler. What more could you ask for?

Mumzie said...

The Hubs is gonna love this Sausage salad! Thanks, Mumzie :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweet Mary. Oh I love the lake pic, and that little guy, oh he is going to be a heart breaker. Isn't he just simply precious. I love this post. I am going to try this warm potatoe sald, as I have only made a cold one before. This sounds so delish. Thanks for sharing Mary. As always I love to come home to visit with you. Country Hugs and Love, Sherry

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Oh, such beautiful pictures! Great meal.

Anonymous said...

Little Joshua is just adorable. The recipe sounds perfect for sitting at my little outdoor table under the Elms. A good book and a glass of fresh lemonade. Just what the doctor ordered.


Anonymous said...

YUM! I love salads like this one.

Pam said...

I am loving the top picture - what a beautiful spot.

The salad sounds really tasty - perfect summer side dish.

NKP said...

What a great picnic salad, and the scenery is beyond gorgeous!
Looks like the cottage country that we have north of us here in Ontario.

petite nyonya said...

Everything looks perfect! Such a pretty place to be having that wonderful salad and your grandson is so handsome!

Barbara Jean said...

That looks wonderful!

We surely do need to be in or near the water right now with this heat wave.

i feel like i am confined to quarters, where the in the wall air conditioner is.

Where in Oregon are you?

and thanks for coming by.

barbara jean

PS Your grandson is a doll!!!

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

He's is adorable and sooo huggable!

Your potato salad is a perfect summer side and I love the inclusion of the sausage!

Shellbelle said...

Sausage in potato salad? What a great idea and adding pistachios sounds delicious.

Looks like you had a wonderful family outing and who could ask for more than that?

Tootsie said...

man that looks good!!! I think it will take more than one perfect bite....more like one whole bowl!!!

Blue Creek Home said...

You have the best recipes ever!
This looks absolutely delicious.
It has been raining here for a couple of days, so there will no alfresco meals for us.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

1st photo is beautiful - beautiful blues.
2nd photo looks delicious - now I am hungry again( I always get hungry when I visit your blog).
3rd photo - what an adorable little boy.
You did good :-) - Thanks for sharing.

Lynette said...

Thanks for the visit today and for posting the yummy looking recipe!

Stop in any time -

The Blonde Duck said...

I heard about ya'lls heat wave! Those are the temps we've been tolerating for months! It's the end of the world!

Anonymous said...

What great sounding potato salad. Joshua is a little cutie pie.

Kathleen said...

The food and scenery look great!
Thanks for your visit, Mary..

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my, that first shot is gorgeous - only upstaged by that adorable little face :)

Thanks for a wonderful-sounding potato salad recipe!


sunnymama said...

What a sweet little boy :)

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Beautiful pic and the potato salad sounds wonderful! Stay cool!


Christine Medifast said...

Excellent save on the meal! Perfect for an overly hot day that would be even worse if you had to cook a ridiculous amount of food for visitors.

Ebie said...

Some fancy dish and simple ingredients. I want to try it!

Claudia said...

What lovely shots!

Very spot on sharp...

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Mary Bergfeld said...

Barbara Jean, I'm in Eugene.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

That sounds like a delightful picnic.

jeanne said...

Good morning Mary, I am drooling over your potato salad recipe. I could definitely make this. My hubby will think he has gone to food heaven. The Cougar Reservoir looks so cool and beautiful. Our weather this year has been wonderful here in the NC mountains. I am waiting for the heat to hit.

Have a great day.


Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

My husband would go CRAZY for this! I think I'll make some this weekend - thanks for a great recipe!

Heather S-G said...

This looks would nestle nicely into my picnic basket with a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread!

Crystal said...

Mary this looks delectable. I think I have tasted something similar, but never had a recipe. I can't wait to try it out. That mountain and water shot looks refreshing on a hot day. Boy is that little guy ever so cute.
Thanks for visiting and sharing your comment.

Lori said...

That does sound delicious. And the reservoir is stunning. Love that blue. And he is a cutie! Have fun!

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