Friday, August 7, 2009

Pauline's Potato Salad

This is my mom by love Pauline. If I could. . .and if it were kind. . I'd rent her out for potato salad making lessons. . .but I can't and it wouldn't be nice. . and so at long last. . .here is her not so secret recipe. I have been told by my own sons. . ."Grandma's potato Salad is the best". They are quite correct. When we have family gatherings. . .she is more often than not given the task of the potato salad. I recently invited her over. I had the potatoes and eggs cooked and she put it together while I did the photo shoot. Please give our guest blogger Pauline a warm welcome.

Pauline's Potato Salad (serves 8 - 10)
  • 10 medium fresh white potatoes
  • 8 brown farm fresh eggs. . .(use brown. . .you can see if you have any egg shell left on the egg)
  • 1 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 3/4 cup Sour cream
  • handful of chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1. The day ahead. . .boil your potatoes in a pot with a few teaspoons of salt. Leave the skins on. . .this is important. Boil for about 20 minutes and then test with a knife to see if they are done. ..if not. . leave a few more minutes. Drain. . and then cool for about 1/2 hour. Once cool enough to handle. . . use a sharp knife to grab a edge of peel and peel all the potatoes. Do not chill first. . .peel them while still warm. Refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Put the eggs in a large enough pot to cover the eggs with water. Bring to a boil. . .put on the lid. . remove from heat. . and set the timer for 20 minutes. Drain the eggs. . and allow to cool. Once cooled. . take each egg. . set it on a cutting board and run through with a large sharp chef's knife. . .Scoop out the eggs and set aside. ( week old eggs can just be peeled)
  3. Now. . .using a sharp paring knife. . and a chef knife. . set each chilled potato on a cutting board slice it in half. . .then with the paring knife. . cut each potato length wise into 1/3 inch strips. .and then cube by cutting in the opposite direction.
  4. The uniform cubes of potatoes makes this salad so enjoyable. When the potatoes are cut by me in a hurry .. and not uniformed.. . my boys know I made it. . . .and the praise is scarce.
  5. Chop the eggs into the bowl .. .(good news. . this doesn't need to be uniform cut)
  6. Add the chopped chives to the bowl.
  7. In a medium bowl. .combine the Miracle Whip Salad Dressing and the Sour cream. . with the salt and pepper. Pour half of it over the salad. . and stir all together. . .add a little more dressing at a time. You may need more or less depending on the size of your potatoes.
  8. Chill until ready to serve.

12 comments:

  1. A warm welcome to you Pauline! Thank you for your recipe for potato salad, it looks wonderful. I have tasted a lot of different potato salads and everyone tastes different! How can that be..(smile)
    My recipe includes some brown sugar, dry mustard and celery instead of onions.

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  2. My first comment...and welcome Pauline...and we have the same recipe for potato salad...and like you I am the designated maker when we have a gathering..LOL..I love it LOL...so many recipes...so little time...LOL..but I am going to try anyway...hugs from Ora in KY

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  3. Thank you for sharing your recipe Pauline. I had a similar potato salad last week also made with Miracle Whip. It adds a real zing which plain Mayo doesn't. It was delicious!I'm intriqued with those perfectly round egg yolks! Great photography as usual, Lovella.

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  4. Thank you, Pauline, and welcome!!
    How nice to see you posting...and your potato salad looks soo yummy - which I know it is!

    Pototo salads are as Betty said, so personal - each one tastes different.
    Your recipe is exactly like mine except I add a little mustard and vinegar.

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  5. It sounds so good I just have to try it! And hooray no onions or celery! One I can't eat the other I don't like! LOL!

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  6. Hello Beautiful Pauline!! I can't wait to try your potato salad! Thank you for sharing it with us, it sounds yummy!!!
    Blessings~Sharon

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  7. Going right now to try that recipe! Sounds delish!

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  8. Welcome Pauline! I always have used Miracle Whip too. My mom insisted that that gave the salad the most wonderful flavor. Her recipe that I most often use is the same, but I add a little pickle juice, vinegar and mustard. Lovella has always told me it is the way you cut the eggs and potatoes that makes your salad...just the best! Kathy

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  9. I've been waiting for this one!!! Thanks Lovella & Pauline! Ken will finally get his potatoe salad Grandma S. style... hopefully I can do it justice. The secret is in the chopping!

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  10. Hello Pauline and thank you for sharing your recipe and tips. Now I can see that I have been making some mistakes all these years.You are very generous to give us your secrets. Thank you from Alaska.

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  11. Thanks for sharing. This sounds alot like my mom's recipe (I don't like potatoes so I've never made it). But I remember as a kid, helping to peel those hot potatoes. My question as I got older, was why do you have to boil them with the skin on? What if you peeled them first and then boiled them?

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  12. I boil the potatoes for potato salad with the peels on as well as I think it gives the potato much better potato flavor. I confess, I am not an exact chopper, however.

    Today, I learned something interesting about boiling eggs. I have never brought them to a boil and then allowed them to sit. Maybe that is why my eggs are like little rubber balls!!!

    Thank you for sharing your cooking secrets. I love potato salad.

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