Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Old Fashioned Potato Salad
From Lynda's Recipe Box
I normally make a large bowl of potato salad, but made less this time. This makes about 6 1/2 -7 cups. My mother always added a little pickle juice to the potatoes. It does add extra flavor to the potatoes before everything else is stirred in. Potato Salad is best made several hours ahead of serving time. It always taste the best the second day I think.
2 1/2 pounds of potatoes, russets or golds
3/4 cup diced onion- I use sweet yellow or sometimes a red onion
about 3/4 cup diced sweet pickles
4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced - you can use more or less
about 2 tablespoons sweet pickle juice-one of my Mother's ideas
about 2 teaspoons prepared mustard, or to your taste-I don't like much of a mustard taste
about 1 1/2 cups mayo, or you may use salad dressing(Miracle Whip)
salt and pepper to taste
Sometimes I add diced celery, or celery seed too, but not this time
1. Put whole, unpeeled potatoes into a large pot where you can completely cover the potatoes with water. Bring to a boil on the stove, then reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are just done when a meat fork can pierce the potatoes easily. Try to not overcook. Drain potatoes and let cool until they can be easily handled.
2. While potatoes cook, put eggs in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. When they begin to boil, remove pan from the burner, cover pan with a lid and let set for 15 minutes. Then rinse with cold water and let eggs set in cold water until you are ready to use them in the salad.
3. Peel potatoes, then dice them and add to a large bowl. Drizzle the pickle juice over the diced potatoes and toss gently. Adding a bit of pickle juice adds more flavor to the potatoes, a trick my Mother always did.
4. Season potatoes with salt and pepper. add the onion, pickles, eggs and 1 cup mayo and the mustard to the bowl and mix until combined. Now, if you need that extra 1/2 cup of mayo add it now. You could even need more; it just depends on personal tastes. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Chill for several hours before serving. Enjoy!