Charred new potato and fennel salad

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds Small red potatoes; washed
2 mediums Fennel bulbs; trimmed, quartered lengthwise
½ cup Light-tasting olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
⅓ cup Pitted Nicoise olives; chopped
⅓ cup Green onions; chopped
6 Or 7 tb red wine vinegar

Preparation time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes.

1. Set broiler rack about 6 inches from heat. Turn on broiler.

2. Toss potatoes and fennel in ¼ cup olive oil; reserve any extra oil. Spread in single layer on broiler pan. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Broil until blistered and slightly blackened, turning once, about 5 minutes per side. Bake in 400-degree oven until just tender, about 15-20 minutes. Do not overcook potatoes.

3. When cool enough to handle, cut potatoes and fennel into ½-inch dice. Toss with all oil, 6 tablespoons vinegar and remaining ingredients. Season to taste. Add remaining tablespoon vinegar if needed. Can be made several hours ahead and kept at room temperature or a day ahead and refrigerated, covered airtight. Let come to room temperature before serving. Adjust seasoning.

'This salad would be a great accompaniment to any grilled meat or poultry. Try to make it several hours or a day ahead so the flavors have a chance to deepen and meld together.' From the Four Seasons, Abby Mandel, The Weekend Cook, Chicago Tribune, 7/18/93. Christie Aspegren, September 93 Round Robin.

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