Friday, July 3, 2015

Mom's Potato Salad

My mom always made the best potato salad. I have played with this salad and I think it tastes like hers. It really is quite plain with not a lot of stuff in it. My kids love it and one of my sons in law only eats this salad.  If we are at a party, before he takes a scoop of potato salad he turns to me and asks if it's mine.  If it is he takes some, but if not, he passes it by.

We were at a ward party and I had several people come up to me and ask me for the recipe.  The funny thing is that I never follow a recipe. My mother never followed a recipe.  So as I made this salad for our July 4th BBQ I thought I would put together a recipe.  IT WAS HARD!  That sounds weird but it was hard.  Anyway, I eyeballed the onion and then measured it out into another bowl.  Then I dumped the mayo into the first bowl and then measured it out into the bowl with onion.  Then I measured and tasted until I think I got it down on paper!  I make it a little on the salty side and then let it sit overnight or a few hours and the salty kind of absorbs and goes away.

I hope this works for you!  Good luck.
I used 12 medium sized potatoes and a dozen hard boiled eggs for this salad tomorrow. . My mom always did 1 to 1 ratio on potato and egg but if you like more egg in yours, add more eggs. (If you use less you will need to address the dressing.)   I boil my potatoes in their skins and then let them cool. I peel them and then cube them. I bring my eggs to a slow boil and once they start boiling I time them for 12 minutes.  I run cold water over them to cool them off.

I mixed up the dressing and poured it over the cubed potatoes and eggs. The onion that I put in is minced pretty small so there aren't big chunks. Mix well.

To me, potato salad is the quintessential 4th of July picnic dish.  I love it.  My family loves it! And evidently other people like this recipe as well.  Hope it works for you!!!

My Mom's Potato Salad

12 medium sized potatoes boiled in their skin in salted water
12 hard boiled large eggs


1/4 cup finely minced onion
2 1/2 cups real mayo (I do not use light or miracle whip)
1  1/4  tsp. salt
3/4 tsp, black pepper
1/4 tsp onion salt
3 Tbls. dill pickle juice
2 Tbls. milk
1/2 tsp. prepared mustard

Mix all the dressing together.  It will taste salty but that is how you want it.  Mix with the potatoes and eggs.  Cover and let set in the refrigerator over night or several hours.

I sprinkle paprika over the top of it.

Good Luck!

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