Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mom's Potato Salad

I can't believe that I've never shared my mom's potato salad recipe with you. Such an oversight! Because you see, it is THE best potato salad ever. And I mean that.

What? YOUR mom's potato salad is better than mine? That's cuckoo talk. Next you'll be trying to tell me that her pot roast recipe is better than my mom's. Or her chicken soup. You may even go as far as trying to convince me that her chocolate chip cookie recipe is better than my mom's. It is at that point, my friend, when I shall have to call you a bold-faced liar!

(This recipe is for those of you whose mothers didn't make potato salad. Because if they did, you already have your own favorite recipe.)

Mom's Potato Salad

2 1/2-3 pounds redskin potatoes, peeled and cubed
6-7 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 stalks of celery, finely diced
1/2 large sweet onion, finely diced
1 1/2 cups mayo (I use reduced-fat)
1 TBSP yellow mustard
1 TBSP white vinegar
2 TBSP sugar (I usually use Splenda)
salt and pepper

Boil peeled and cubed potatoes in moderately salted water for approximately 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain and cool. In large bowl place eggs, celery and onion. Add in cooled potatoes. Combine mayo, mustard, vinegar and sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Stir dressing into potato mixture. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

*side note. I tried to make potato salad for years before finally discovering that redskin potatoes are the defining ingredient in this recipe. Mom's recipe just said "potatoes." Also, make sure that you use a sweet onion.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Looks delicious! My hubby is a huge fan of my mom's potato salad, but I never make it right. She doesn't have a recipe, she just wings it each time (reminds me of someone I know... apple doesn't fall far from the tree), so I haven't been able to figure it out. I think I'll try yours next time. :)

Mags said...

Jen, I'm fairly certain that behind infidelity and money matters, lack of a quality potato salad is the third leading cause of divorce. You get on that, and you get on that now!

Bob said...

Geeez Mags, I had no idea food plays such an important part in marriage. Im fibbing of

Lynn learned my Mom's potato salad recipe and further improved upon it and everybody lived happily ever after, especially Bob, unless he happened to bring home a "bitter" onion from the supermarket.

Yellow onions are fairly easy to select, red onions, especially after peak season has passed can be extremely bitter and I've yet to master picking a sweet one in the off season.

Mags said...

Bob: I know, it is difficult, isn' it. Outside the Vidalia onion, I'm not aware of any others specifically known for their sweetness. I just grab whatever the store is selling at the time that's labeled "sweet."

stephchows said...

You have to have eggs in potato salad, job well done :D

NaTy said...

can i just tell you how much i love your blog? A LOT! i want to make EVERY recipe you post.
erin @ glutenfreewithapurpose

Mags said...

Steph: I agree completely. In fact, I sometimes describe my potato salad as egg salad with potatoes.

Erin: Thank you so much! Please come back soon.

Anonymous said...

Yours sounds delicious! Mine is very similar but I omit the celery (one food I cannot tolerate!) and I add a little sour cream and sometimes a little bell pepper.

Love your recipes!

Mags said...

Anon: Thanks for commenting! And I think I might try to add a little sour cream next time. Sounds like a good addition!

Anonymous said...

I'm clueless when it comes to cooking lol. What color onion is a sweet one, please??