Sunday, June 15, 2008
Classic Creamy Potato Salad
My mom was (is) famous for her potato salad! Simple but yummy it was creamy with a crunch of diced onion. Just like borscht, everyone will have their own version of this picnic favorite. But just like my mom's...my repeated version is a crowd pleaser wherever I take it. Because it is such a favorite, this version makes a large bowl full enough for a buffet serving.
Boil a dozen potatoes and bring to a simmer. Make sure potatoes are DONE but not mushy. Drain and put in fridge to cool completely.
Bring to rolling boil ten eggs. Remove from burner but keep in hot water until yolk has settled. Rinse in cold water and put in fridge to chill.
As I do my potatoes and eggs the night before making the salad, I am sure that they are plenty cooled for chopping. Peel potatoes and eggs. The skin and shell will come off easily as they have chilled nicely in the fridge. Chop into large bowl.
Chop 1 bunch green onion and one white onion. Measure out 2 1/2 cup mayo (I use low fat or olive oil Hellmann's. My mother always used Miracle Whip which makes a sweeter salad). I also add 1 cup sour cream for a smoother creamier taste. Add to chopped potatoes and eggs.
Make a sauce out of 4 - 6 tbsp mustard (I 'cheat' and use prepared), 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 1/4 cup sugar. Add to mixture and toss. Season with Salt and fresh ground Pepper to taste.
You may adjust your seasonings and mixtures accordingly. Remember that like many good foods, this salad will taste better the next day. However, the potatoes will absorb the mayo/sour cream mixture so don't be alarmed at how creamy it is when you first mix it. Serve up with sausages or one of Judy's wonderful meat buns. Recipe found in our first cookbook "Mennonite Girls Can Cook".