Sriracha Potato Salad

May weather can be unpredictable in Wisconsin. Our days are either cool and rainy, warm and sunny, or in the case of one year in recent memory, full of snow. Fortunately this year we've had absolutely beautiful weather, so I've decided to declare Memorial Day the unofficial start of summer.

As we always do, we kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a visit to Brat Fest, which is a uniquely Wisconsin thing—a festival dedicated to bratwurst. Now a festival dedicated to brats in and of itself is amazing, but what I really love is that it's staffed by some incredible volunteers. Instead of being paid to work the event their salary goes to support over 100 local charities. With over 3,200 volunteers working the event for a combined total of 16,495 hours they raise a significant amount of money to help ensure our local charities can continue giving back to our community throughout the year.

We spent a good part of the weekend gorging ourselves on brats, soaking up some much needed sunshine, and listening to live music—although sadly we missed out on seeing our favorite 80s cover band, Cherry Pie and Travis Tritt. Baring the slight snafu with security who decided my keysmart posed a security risk, yet couldn't explain why they considered a set of keys a weapon and wouldn't let me enter the festival, a good time was had by all. Just don't tell anyone that I hid behind a horse trailer and pocketed my contraband keys—that's a secret for you, me, and the rest of the internet—no one else ever has to know.

Sunday morning after we had consumed more brat cakes (brats wrapped with pancakes) than any one person should in a single sitting, we headed home to pack up the car so little man and I could head off for Oklahoma to visit family. We left the husband behind, with a fridge stocked with enough beer, brats, and sriracha potato salad to feed a small army—or a hungry husband for a day or two, possibly more if he decides to enjoy the time off and play video games instead of doing yard work.

Speaking of sriracha potato salad, if you happen to be looking for a summer side dish to shake things up, this is my suggestion—it's a huge hit with my friends and family. Although if spicy isn't your thing, you might give our Creamy Summer Coleslaw or Loaded Potato Salad a try instead, you really can't go wrong with any of these summer side dishes.

Sriracha Potato Salad | Not Starving Yet

Ingredients


3 pounds red potatoes
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon siraracha, or more to taste
⅛ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ cup celery, finely diced
black pepper

top with:

scallions
 

Directions

 

  • Peel potatoes, cut them into ½ inch cubes, then place them in a saucepan full of cold water. Add two tablespoons of kosher salt, then bring the water to a boil. Let the potatoes cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until they are fork tender. Keep in mind that larger chunks of potato will take longer to cook, so you may need to increase the cook-time a bit to compensate if your cubes are larger than ½ inch. 
  • Once the potatoes have cooked transfer them to a bowl of ice water and allow them to cool. It's important that they cool completely before adding them to the dressing, if you add them while hot the dressing may separate and become oily.
  • In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, siraracha, and smoked paprika. Mix well, then add the cooled potatoes, celery, and black pepper.
  • Allow the potato salad to chill for at least three hours, or over night for the best results. Before serving add additional siraracha to taste and top with scallions.
     

Notes
 


This potato salad is tasty just the way it's written, but if you want to dress it up some try adding some hard boiled egg, Vidalia onion, or bacon. This is one time I'll encourage you to mess with perfection.

 

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream #Sponsored by Chocoley

I know I've been promising you my recipe for homemade chocolate ice cream for a while now and here it is, just in time for Labor Day. It's still summer, right? But seriously, I've been saving this recipe for a special occasion and it's finally here, my bestie (since she was nine) is finally coming to visit us in Wisconsin!

We've only lived here for seven years now... (I should probably stop guilt tripping her now that she's coming for a visit.)

But seriously, I'm super excited that the whole crew is coming up from St. Louis to spend Labor Day with us. We'll be making the rounds at all of the local breweries and eating more food than a group of six probably should consume in one weekend.

I see nothing but good times in my future.

My husband did me a favor and asked everyone if they had any requests for this weekend and I was told that prime rib/lobster/most expensive wine should be on the menu. It seems my bestie has forgotten that I kinda quit breathing when I eat shellfish, so her plan was immediately struck down (although I do have two nice bottles of rosé chilled and waiting. I might be willing to share if she stops trying to kill me.) Since I prefer my food served up so I don't die, we'll be having brats, Creamy Summer Coleslaw, and beer— our traditional Labor Day menu. I've even made a few gallons worth of ice cream for dessert.

If you're looking for a sweet treat for this weekend, you'll love this recipe. Make it for a special occasion or just because, either way your mouth will thank you (just be sure to ignore what your hips are telling you.)

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
makes slightly more than 1 quart

Ingredients

6 eggs yolks
2 cups whole milk
1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
3.5oz Chocoley Milk Chocolate - Indulgence Ultra Couverture Dipping & Enrobing Chocolate

 

Directions

 

  • Before beginning separate your egg yolks, whisk until smooth, and set aside. In a saucepan, set over medium-low heat, warm milk and whipping cream. Add sugar, stirring frequently until the temperature reaches roughly 105˚F and sugar is completely dissolved. 
  • Trim the tips off the vanilla bean, slice down the center, and scrape the seeds into the saucepan. Add chocolate and egg yolks, then warm until the temperature reaches 160˚F. While the custard is heating, stir frequently, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, run everything through a fine-mesh strainer to catch any stray bits of egg white, and allow the custard to cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator.
  • Allow mixture to chill, covered, for at least 4 hours, or overnight before transferring to the ice cream maker.
  • Churn according to manufacturer's instructions before transferring to the freezer. Enjoy!

 

Notes
 

 

If you don't have a scale to measure the chocolate don't worry. After half a dozen batches I found that 3.5oz is approximately 26 pieces. 

Not sure what to do with the leftover egg whites? Don't worry, we have you covered! You can use them in a batch of Honey Walnut Granola then make these tasty breakfast bowls.
 

Disclosure

 

Chocoley provided chocolate to help facilitate this project. All other supplies were purchased on my own.

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5 Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day

The week just started and I'm all ready counting down the days to the long weekend. I plan on spending every second I can soaking up sunshine (I'm looking a little pasty after spending so much time stuck inside this winter.)  If you're looking for a few good recipes for Memorial Day, here are some of our favorites to get your started. Enjoy!

5 Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day

Blueberry Chicken Salad - served on croissants, or your favorite bread.

Loaded Potato Salad - always a crowd pleaser and easy to make in advance.

Caramelized Onion Dip - make a double batch, this will disappear in no time!

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork - sweet and spicy, just the way pulled pork should be.

Better Than a Box Mix Brownies - it's chocolate, need I say more?

 

Be sure to check out our Recipe Archive for more great ideas!