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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The holiday weekend is almost here! I can smell the cookouts already. Burgers, hot dogs, brats maybe even steaks. What goes best with anything a fresh homemade potato salad. It takes a little time but it is so worth it. I can't stand the store bought potato salad, they always have that after taste. If you make your own you won't have that problem, the only problem you will have is making enough. This is the recipe my Mom made and I have never changed it. It is very basic nothing fancy but and trust me on this one it is good.

Serves 4 (you can double, triple and on and on)
6 large red skinned potatoes (if they are the real small ones than 12 small), cooked until still slightly firm, not too soft about 30 minutes but keep checking them every 15 minutes, you don't want them to be mushy at all. They should still have a little firmness when you poke them with a fork. I like to cook them and when they feel slightly firm I turn off the heat and just let them sit in the hot water for 5 or 10 minutes until they feel just right. Cool and then peel and slice or cube them. I don't know why but my Mom hated them cubed, we had to slice them when we made it with her lol.

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
6 hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise( it can be low-fat whatever brand you like)
salt and pepper to taste
I use a large bowl for mixing and starting with the potatoes I layer 1/3 and then some celery, onion, eggs and mayo and a little salt and pepper and continue layering until everything is used up. I do this so that now when I go to mix it all together, it doesn't get so broken up, I like to mix it gently so that it looks nice when you are done. I reserve 1 hard boiled egg and slice or grate it over the top. Now taste it and decide if it needs a little more salt or pepper. I tend to hold back so that my guests can add their own if they need to. Next cover tightly and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Enjoy and Happy Memorial Day to all!


SquirrelQueen said...

That's one of the great foods of summer, I love fresh potato salad. I had to laugh when I got to the part about your mom wanting the potatoes sliced, I had an aunt who did the same thing.


Ayie said...

My husband loves potato salad, we prepare it almost the same way.

The Townhouselady said...

Potato Salad is one of my all time favorites. I have 5 different ways of making it but love them all. I never tried making it without any vinegar in it. I'm going to give your method a try next time.