Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dad’s Potato Salad






Dad’s Potato Salad

(PRINTABLE RECIPE)

2 ½ lbs. red potatoes-cook, cool and chop
½ c. mayo
½ c. sliced dill pickles-chop
1/8 c sweet relish
1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1/8 c. yellow mustard
1 tsp. dill pickle juice
3 stalks celery-chop
½ small red onion-chop fine

Optional:
Parsley-chopped
3 hard boiled eggs-peeled & chopped
Paprika

I halve the potatoes and steam the till done. It took about 40 minutes to cook ‘em.

Stir the mayo, pickles, relish, vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard, pickle juice, celery and onion. Toss in hard boiled eggs and parsley, if you want them.

Pour the mixture over the potatoes and gently turn till mixed well.

Sprinkle with paprika, if you are so inclined.

You can chow down now, but I like to let it sit overnight, so the flavor develops.

I’m not sure how many people this feeds, but it makes a bunch of potato salad. Maybe it feeds six or something?




I chopped up the onions a bit and then stuffed them in the Salad Shooter so they would be chopped fine. I *heart* my Salad Shooter. I use it all the time for salads.

It was especially helpful while I worked with these onions. These were mighty potent and I was crying so much you'd a thought a wild raccoon got into my kitchen. Mascara was everywhere.



If you don’t have celery, maybe try celery seed.




And if you like a really mild flavored potato salad, you might want less mustard and pickles.






I used Red Potatoes this time, but I’ll use whatever kind of potato is on sale. Besides, I love all potatoes.





Cook them however you like.

I almost always steam my veggies. But if you steam the potatoes, don’t forget to check the water because potatoes take a while and the water will be gone before you know it. In fact, I did burned the potatoes. Again.

I had to disable the fire alarm so my neighbors would not call 9-1-1. Then I had to steam up a second batch of spuds because the first smelled like charcoal. It looks like I’m gonna need some muscle to scrub that pot.

*think positive* I now have charcoal flavored potatoes for composting. The plants will thank me.



Do you see how selfless I am? I give of myself for the benefit of the environment.


In our house, there was no written recipe used for potato salad. So obviously, it never came out the same way twice.



I decided to make this potato salad with measuring devices handy so I could write an actual recipe.

It’s a pretty standard potato salad. Nothing fancy, but it’s simple and I think it’s good.




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