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After a friend’s comment on the potato salad recipe, I remembered a story of how potato was introduced to the Greeks. I quote from Wikipedia:

“The way Capodistrias introduced the cultivation of the potato remains famously anecdotal today. Having ordered a shipment of potatoes, at first he ordered that they should be offered to anyone who would be interested. However the potatoes were met with indifference by the population and the whole scheme seemed to be failing. Therefore Capodistrias, knowing of the contemporary Greek attitudes, ordered that the whole shipment of potatoes be unloaded in public display on the docks of Nafplion, and placed severe-looking guards guarding it. Soon, rumours circulated that for the potatoes to be so well guarded they had to be of great importance. People would gather to look at the so-important potatoes and soon some tried to steal them. The guards had been ordered in advance to turn a blind eye to such behaviour, and soon the potatoes had all been «stolen» and Capodistria’s plan to introduce them to Greece had succeeded.”

Ingredients

1 kilo of small potatoes
1
cup of mayonnaise
4
spoonfuls of fresh cream
3
spoonfuls of olive oil
3
spoonfuls of parsley finely chopped
1
onion finely chopped
1
spoonful of mild mustard
1
spoonful of capers
salt,

freshly ground pepper

Juice of ½ lemon

Directions

  1. Wash and boil the potatoes (unpeeled) for 30-35′ until soft. Peel, while still hot and place in a bowl.
  2. Αdd onion, capers and parsley.
  3. Remove some mayonnaise from the jar and add the fresh cream, the oil and the lemon juice and shake well.
  4. Season the potatoes with the salt and pepper and add the dressing.
  5. Stir gently and sprinkle some parsley on top.

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7 σχόλια on Potato Salad with mayonnaise

  1. Ο/Η Peter M λέει:

    I love potato salad and this is similar to how we do it.

    Did you know Greeks were making potato salad before anyone else?

  2. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Thanks for your comment Peter that reminded me of how Kapodistrias introduced potatoes to the Greeks and I thought it was worth adding that information to the recipe.

  3. Ο/Η Anonymous λέει:

    A truly amazing story about how the potato was introduced in Greece.

  4. Ο/Η Anonymous λέει:

    Hi ivy, if you have any more recipes about potato salads, please post them…. Pretty please…. Thank you

  5. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Yes I have more potato recipes and shall try to post them asap

  6. Ο/Η Laurie Constantino λέει:

    Yes, this is the story I’ve always been told about potatoes. I recently read on another blog called «Figs Olive Wine» that the Ottomans introduced the potato to Greece. I posted the Kapodistrias story and said maybe its not true, so I’m interested in where you got the information about the Ottomans. So far the author hasn’t answered my question. We’ll see! I hope it was Kapodistrias because it is such a good story!

  7. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Well, really I don’t know what to say. Most of the food they claim to be Turkish they took from Byzantium. They claim that Baklavas is Turkish,(check this out http://periglwssio.blogspot.co.....st_26.html) but the word baklavas is ancient Greek and means to cut into pieces. About Kapodistrias you might want to take a look at this link, about his biography.

    http://www.sansimera.gr/archiv.....podistrias

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