New Potatoes with Aioli and Preserved Lemons

Photo: Marte Kopperud
Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

Preserved lemons give this dish a complex brightness. Although they require very little prep time, they do need to steep in their brine for at least 10 days. Don't let that stop you from making this recipe; store-bought preserved lemons are available at many specialty food markets and


  • 2 ¼ pounds small new potatoes

  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 cup grapeseed oil

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 Preserved Lemons

  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds, for garnish

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives, for garnish


  1. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan with just enough water to cover completely. Bring water to a boil and add 1 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat and simmer gently 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let potatoes sit in water 10 minutes; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together mustard, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and egg yolk in a medium bowl to combine. Slowly whisk in oil until mixture is thickened and emulsified. Whisk in lemon juice. Rinse preserved lemons in cold water. Remove and discard any lemon flesh and cut rind into small pieces (you should have 1/4 cup).

  3. While potatoes are still slightly warm, cut in half and smear a small dollop of aioli on each cut side. Arrange on a serving platter and garnish with preserved lemons, poppy seeds, and chives.

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