Potatoes for Hamlet

7 Dec

Forgive me, gourmands. For I have sinned. I used dried parsley and chives. I’m sorry. I’ve been acting my bum off but I am on a budget and I’m not gonna buy a bunch of stuff to only use 2 teaspoons of it. Sorry.
Danish potato salad. What makes it Danish? I don’t know. In fact I know very little about Danish, except that in St. Louis, The St. Louis Bread Company(known in other parts of the country as Panera) made a gooey butter danish that rocked.
Hmmm. Danish. Denmark. I think of blonde people. Am I stereotyping? I think of Hamlet. I don’t think he ate potato salad, but if I had dinner with him, this is what I’d make.
I need to play Ophelia someday soon.
Leave me a comment and educate me on anything you know about Denmark, the Danes, or Danish:) Or just tell me the first thing you think of when you hear the word Danish.
UPDATE: According to the comment I got from a real Dane, this salad is not so traditional, but since health is an increasing concern for Denmark, it is not necessarily wrong. So I am renaming this salad Danish Modern:)Check out the comments below for a link to a picture of a more traditional Danish potato salad!
Danish Modern Potato Salad(adapted from Bon Appetit July 2004, yes I do save all my issues)
1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes
2 tsp. dried chives
2 tsp. dried parsley
2 tsp. drained capers
1 T. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. caper liquid
1 tsp. course grained Dijon mustard
freshly ground pepper
Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and let cool for 30 minutes. Slice about 1/3 of an inch thick. Add chives, parsley and capers. Whisk the remaining ingredients plus 1 tsp. of water and toss with potatoes. Wish you had a gooey butter danish for dessert.
Eat Reese’s peanut butter cups instead.

More questions: How do you like your potatoes? Bonus points for telling me what your favorite Danish is.

6 Responses to “Potatoes for Hamlet”

  1. Sabrina at MyMiBoSo December 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Solvang! It’s this adorable town in wine country that is a Danish village – check it out if you can. Doubt they have potatoes as tasty as yours but the wine is pretty awesome!

    • Ellen December 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

      Hmm, Solvang…I am intrigued!

  2. nicolainp December 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    First of all, I am Danish 😉 Secondly, I find this potato salad strangely looking, but considering you are not Danish (?) it is okay. A traditional Danish potato salad would look more like this:

    But at the same time, as health issues are one of the top topics of DK, then it is getting less unormal to do it like you did. So it’s not wrong – just rarely seen, I think.

    And yes, you are stereotyping about the Danish – there are many brunettes as well ;D

    Questions about Denmark, the Danish and etc. fire away, as I am always interested in a cross-cultural talk 🙂

    Take care 🙂

    • Ellen December 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      Wow, I’m so excited that someone Danish actually is reading this! Thanks for commenting!
      The salad in the picture you left looks delicious. I guess the salad I made is Danish Modern, not to be confused with the furniture, haha.
      Anyway, thanks for reading, and I’ll be in touch next time I need to get my facts on the Danes straight.
      If there is anything you need to know about Americans from the midwest living in southern California, I’d be the expert:)

      • nicolainp December 9, 2011 at 6:42 am #

        Well, I had to read on when I saw that it was Danish potato salad!

        Heh, yeah! But both traditional and modern taste very well – depending on the occasion, I think. I prefer the traditional for a BBQ, while for a light lunch I prefer the modern version.

        You are welcome, and I will 😉


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