Marinated New Potatoes - Batatinha Em Conserva

"These marinated potatoes are a popular churrasco side dish in Brazil, along with marinated zucchini, or other antipasto-style dishes, farofa, and garlic bread. This dish tastes even better when prepared a day ahead of time, and the potatoes will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. Choose the smallest potatoes you can find - ideally bite size (about 1 inch in diamter). If the potatoes are slightly larger than bite-size, you can cut them in half after boiling them. Small yellow potatoes are delicious and they have a nice texture for this kind of dish, but you can use red potatoes, blue potatoes, fingerling potatoes, or an assortment of potato varieties."
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Ready In:
6hrs 25mins




  • Place a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring to a boil. Scrub the potatoes clean (leaving skins on), and add the potatoes to the pot once the water is boiling. Cook the potatoes until they are very tender when pierced with a fork.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drain the potatoes and place them in a bowl. Toss the potatoes with the oil and vinegar mixture while the potatoes are still hot. Set aside to cool.
  • Once the potatoes have cooled to room temperature, add the chopped onions, chile pepper, olives, sun dried tomatoes, and chopped parsley to the bowl. Toss everything well to mix.
  • Chill potatoes several hours or overnight to allow flavors to marinate and blend. Serve at room temperature.

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