June 20, 2014

Midsommar New Potatoes with Dill



Ingredient:
2 lb new potatoes
3 tablespoons (unsalted) butter, diced
1/4 cup finely chopped dill*
coarse, flaky sea salt


Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the potatoes and cook until fork-tender. Drain. Add butter and toss until the butter is melted and the potatoes are well-coated. Toss with dill, sprinkle with sea salt.

*I cut mine up with my herb scissors, so much easier than chopping!



My thoughts:
A major holiday in Sweden is Midsommar (midsummer). Celebrated at summer solstice, it is celebrated by eating pickled herring, new potatoes and strawberries and drinking way into the night. In some areas of Northern Sweden it is light for nearly 24 hours! There is also dancing, singing and flower-crowns to be had.

Here is it just the longest day of the year, which is much less fun. This year we happen to be in Philadelphia on the solstice and we are planning on celebrating it at Midsommarfest at the American Swedish Historical Museum, weather permitting, of course! We've been to their St Lucia festival but this will be our first time at Midsommarfest. I hear there will be a maypole!

New potatoes are a typical dish served at midsommar parties, often tossed with fresh herbs, as they are in season and midsommar is all about celebrating the new summer season! Tossed with dill and some flaky sea salt I brought back from Portugal, this was a light yet filling side dish perfect for a summer evening. Glad Midsommar!


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