Smoke Infused Potato Salad with Chorizo and Asparagus

We are at the end of the local asparagus season and I wanted to do something different with the last of the local harvest.

Smoke Infused Potato Salad with Chorizo and Asparagus - A Pat & A Pinch This recipe, adapted from a recipe by Heather Christo, did the trick for me taste wise. Unfortunately, it was not as photogenic as I hoped. Next time I will look for smaller yellow fingerlings to provide more of a visual contrast for presentation.

Smoke Infused Potato Salad with Chorizo and Asparagus - A Pat & A PinchWhat the recipe lacks in presentation is made up in flavor. The smokiness infuses the sautéed onions which, when combined with the freshness of the asparagus and the spiciness of the chorizo, makes for a refreshing combination of flavors. The salad is a perfect simple meal that is easily assembled.

Smoke Infused Potato Salad with Chorizo and Asparagus

1 pound small fingerling potatoes

1/3 pound chorizo sausage

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ red onion, thinly sliced

1 pound trimmed asparagus, each stalk cut into thirds.

1/3 cup water

¼ teaspoon liquid smoke

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until just fork tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan or heavy skillet, cook the chorizo over medium heat, breaking it up as you cook, about 2-3 minutes.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, the liquid smoke, and the red onions and sauté another 2 minutes. Add the asparagus and sauté two minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the potatoes from the pot of water and add them to the pan. Stir to coat and cook, add the water and a lid and cook 2 more minutes.

While that is cooking, whisk together the remaining paprika, garlic, vinegar and olive oil.

When you remove the lid of the pan, make sure that the water has all cooked off. Turn the heat to low and add the oil and vinegar mixture. Toss everything together.

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish as desired: I used some micro-greens. Serve hot or warm.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Lemon Cornmeal Cake

If you’ve looked at other recipes on my blog, you will know that I have an affinity for lemon. This simple cake brings together the flavor and crunch of cornmeal with a touch of the freshness of lemon. It comes via Chef Anthony at Pirate’s Point Resort in Little Cayman from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle.  It is perfect when you want something a touch sweet but not too sweet. If you choose to use stone ground cornmeal, it will be crunchier.

Lemon Cornmeal Cake - A Pat & A Pinch

Lemon Cornmeal Cake

1 1/3 cups (5.7 oz/161g) all-purpose flour

1 cup (5.3 oz/150 g) cornmeal

1 cup (7 oz/200g) sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

1 ½ cups (12.75 oz/363 g) sour cream

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks/6 0z/170 g) unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon (0.2 oz/6 g) finely grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Icing or Confectioners sugar for dusting (optional)

Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 x 3 inch springform pan and dust the pan with flour.

In a large bowl gently whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs until blended. Add the sour cream and whisk together until combined. Add the butter and whisk until blended. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla, whisking until combined.  Using a rubber spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients mixing until just blended. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Unmold the cake and dust the top with icing sugar prior to serving.

The cake can be stored at room temperature, covered with foil, for up to five days.

To dress the cake up for a fancier desert, it can be served with a fruit compote and whipping cream.

Lemon Cornmeal Cake - A Pat & A Pinch

Lemon Cornmeal Cake - A Pat & A Pinch