Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Best Potato Salad EVER

I LOVE potato salad!! But I'm picky. I really only LOVE mine. :)

I take this recipe with me whenever we're invited to a BBQ or picnic and the host asks us to bring "a salad". The main reason I bring it - so I can eat it! But the compliments I always get are pretty nice too.

My Uncle Lee, at a family picnic, once declared this "the best potato salad EVER", so that's been the recipe's title ever since. (I happen to agree with my Uncle Lee!)

Another Potato Salad recipe from this blog that is Janis' favorite can be found here.


The Best Potato Salad EVER

2 pounds (approx) red potatoes (or Yukon Gold) - washed, cubed & boiled until tender

4 hard boiled eggs, diced

1/2 cup red onion, chopped (about 1 medium onion or 1/2 large)

1 - 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped (2-4 stalks - I like more, my hubby likes less)

1 cup + 1 Tblsp. mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip!!)

1 Tblsp. white vinegar

1 Tblsp. yellow mustard

salt & pepper to taste

Place eggs in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat & set aside (don't drain!), lid on, for 20 minutes. Drain, run cold water over cooked eggs for 1 minute. Move eggs to a towel or rack to cool.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Wash & dice about 2 lbs. red potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes.

Dump diced potatoes into boiling water (watch out for splashes - ouch!). Cook until fork-tender. Drain & set aside to cool.

Wash & dice celery stalks. Dice red onion. Place both in a medium-sized bowl. Add mayonnaise, mustard, & vinegar.

Stir well to combine. (Cover bowl with plastic wrap & place in the refrigerator if your potatoes & eggs aren't cooled yet. You can prepare the onion/celery/mayo mixture the night before, if you want)

Dice the cooled eggs & add to cooled potatoes in a serving bowl. Sprinkle on about 1/2 tsp. pepper & 1/2 tsp. salt. (You might add it plus more later, after you've mixed everything. It's to taste so it's up to you.)

Pour celery/onion/mayo mixture over the potatoes & eggs. Mix well, until all the potatoes are covered with the mayo mixture.

Taste. (YUMM!!!) Add salt/pepper, if desired.

EAT! :)

NOTE: This is even better if it can sit in the fridge for a few hours before you serve it. You can top it with sliced hard-boiled eggs & paprika for "prettiness", but they're definitely not necessary.

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