Charcuterie / Salads

Smashed Potato Salad with Chorizo, Aioli and Scallions

with Chorizo - Time-honored Spanish Recipe

​6 servings


3/4 lb. Chorizo

​2 pounds small waxy red-skinned potatoes

Kosher salt

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 large egg yolk

1 garlic clove, finely grated

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

3 scallions, thinly sliced, divided


​Preheat oven to 450°. Place potatoes in a large pot and pour in cold water to cover; season with salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, 20–25 minutes. Drain and return to pot to dry out; let cool. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and flatten with your hands. You want the skins to tear to expose some flesh; some may fall apart.

Meanwhile, heat ¼ cup vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chorizo; cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned and cooked through, 5–7 minutes. Transfer to a fine-mesh sieve set over a measuring cup. Drain, pressing on solids, until you have about ¼ cup chorizo oil. Add ½ cup vegetable oil to chorizo oil to make ¾ cup total; set chorizo mixture aside separately.

Whisk egg yolk, garlic, and 1 tsp. water in a medium bowl to combine. Whisking constantly, gradually drizzle in chorizo oil, drop by drop at first; keep whisking until aioli is thickened and smooth. Whisk in lemon juice; season with salt.

Drizzle potatoes with remaining 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil and turn to coat; season with salt. Roast, tossing once, until golden and crisp on outer edges, 20–25 minutes; season with salt.

Toss potatoes, half of aioli, half of scallions, and reserved chorizo mixture in a large bowl; season with salt if needed.

Spread remaining aioli on a platter and arrange potato salad on top. Sprinkle with remaining scallions, then ancho chile powder, if using. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe credits: Andy Baraghani