Deep Fried New Potatoes with Saffron Aioli

Ingredients

  • 20 new potatoes
  • 3 cups canola oil (enough for deep frying)
  • Kosher or sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of extra virgin oil
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads

These potatoes are crispy and irresistible topped with this garlicky mayonnaise. Please note that this is a quick version of Aioli. In Province (France) making Aioli properly is almost a religion.

 

  • For the aioli place the egg yolk in a bowl along with the Dijon mustard and an pinch of salt. Mix well.
  • Using a whisk or electric mixer, beat in the olive oil very gradually, drop by drop at first and then in a very thin stream. Stir in lemon juice. You should have a thick emulsion.
  • Place the saffron in a small bowl and add 2 tsp of hot water. Press the saffron with the back of a spoon to extract the color and flavor. Let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Add the saffron and the soaking liquid to¬† the Aioli and beat well.
  • Cook the potatoes in their skins in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat. Cover the pan and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly with a kitchen towel.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan to 375 degrees.
  • Add potatoes a few at a time and fry until brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels and serve with the Aioli.

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