Potato Salad, Anyone?

| 8/18/2008 11:27:43 AM

When asked about her potato salad recipe, Mom said, “As many eggs as potatoes,” and she went on to explain the rest of her recipe: celery, onion, perhaps celery seed (something Nanie, my grandmother, used most of the time), mustard, real mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

“I prefer chunks of potatoes,” Mom says, “kind of on the large side, and not overcooked.” She doesn’t like too much mayo, adds everything to taste, and uses mustard for its flavor.

Boiled eggs add a little extra to any salad.When I asked Aunt Jean for her potato salad recipe, she said, “An egg for every potato,” and Mom and I laughed, then explained. Sisters!

Aunt Jean uses mayonnaise, mustard, a little onion, sometimes onion powder or celery seed, and she sometimes adds a little pickle juice in the mayo, and salt and pepper to taste. She says she always chills it a while before serving.

Next to be on the receiving end of my potato salad recipe questions was Aunt Mary Ethel. She prefers using new potatoes, peeled and chopped, a couple of boiled eggs, a tablespoon or so of dill relish, a half-and-half combination of real mayonnaise and sour cream, a good squirt of mustard, a half tablespoon of celery seed, and salt and pepper to taste. She says when she has fresh onion, cucumbers, celery or tomato, a bit of that will find its way into the salad, but not often. She likes a full bite of potato, so she doesn’t chop them much.

“There’s a different flavor with new potatoes,” Mary Ethel says. “They’re firmer and don’t need as much dressing.”

7/21/2012 5:41:42 PM

Ya got me going with the "Hot Pickles" but left me stranded as to how she makes them.....

Jean Teller
9/2/2008 9:41:05 AM

While I love mustard in my potato salad, I'm not sure I'd want the dressing to be all mustard. Love me some mayo too! :) And I usually use spicy or deli mustard, so a little goes a long way! Relish? Hmmmmm ..... Now I have to go make some more potato salad!

Rosemary H.
8/31/2008 9:34:01 PM

I just LOVE potato salad...I have tried using the half mayo and half sour cream mixture and it is very good. I also use relish in my potato salad instead of pickles. My mother-in-law made her potato salad with mustard only...no mayo that way it could be taken to picnics without worry of someone getting ill. However YOU make your potato salad...just enjoy it!!!

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