New Potatoes alla Savonesa

New Potatoes alla Savonesa
  • Yield:serves 8 to 10, as a side
  • Active time:20 minutes
  • Total time:20 minutes

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[Photograph: Quentin Bacon]

While Mario Batali's New Potatoes alla Savonesa from Molto Batali isn't a potato salad in the classic American-picnic-mayonnaise sort of way, it's one of those great potato sides that's equally delicious served warm, hot, cool, or at room temperature depending on your mood and menu.

The key of these little potatoes is the bold, green dressing that goes on and soaks in while the potatoes are still warm. Tart white wine vinegar melds with basil, parsley, capers, and scallions, giving the potatoes a sharp, oniony bite tempered with just enough salt from the briny capers and shavings of pecorino that melt and cling to the potatoes.

Adapted from Molto Batali by Mario Batali. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ecco. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved


  • 30 small new potatoes, scrubbed and halved
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 4 scallions finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino Sardo
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley, finely chopped to yield ¼ cup
  • 20 basil leaves, torn
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. 1.

    Bring 8 quarts water to boil in a large spaghetti pot and add 2 tablespoons salt.

  2. 2.

    Place potatoes into boiling water and cook till tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Combine the oil, capers, scallions, cheese, parsley, basil, and vinegar in a bowl. Set aside.

  4. 4.

    Drain cooked potatoes well and toss while still hot into dressing and toss gently to coat.

  5. 5.

    Serve warm or at room temp.

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