Monday, April 29, 2013

Creamy Potato Salad

I love potato salad.  It is one of those side dishes that creates the meal for me.  When I contemplate dinner and potato salad jumps into my head, I immediately begin putting a meal together just so that I can have potato salad.  I have tried several store bought and deli style salads, but none compare to the homemade recipe I have from my Mom (thanks Mom!).
This recipe is creamy with a slight bit of tang. It has a variety of textures, including smooth and crunchy.  It is a perfect balance! And, you can eat it with all sorts of wonderful spring-type meals.  It goes with hamburgers, shredded meat sandwiches, BBQ chicken (BBQ anything for that matter). It pairs well with corn on the cob and fresh green salads.  It is almost the perfect side! And it's pretty easy to make.  This is my Mom's recipe that she's passed onto me.  Love, love, love it!

Creamy Potato Salad
6-8 large potatoes, unpeeled
1/2 green pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, diced
4-6 hard-boiled eggs, diced

Dressing
6 serving spoons Miracle Whip or Mayo
1 Tbs yellow mustard
2 Tbs vinegar
1 Tbs sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Paprika


Place the potatoes into a cooking pot and cover potatoes completely with water.  Add 1 tsp salt and let boil.  Water should be almost boiled away before you remove the potatoes. They should be soft when poked with a fork. Set them aside to cool.
At the same time, in another pot, hardboil your eggs. Have an ice-cold water bath ready and let them boil for 10 minutes.  When they are done, place them directly into the ice-bath to cool (this prevents greening of the yolks).

Meanwhile, dice the green pepper, celery, and onion.  Also mix the dressing ingredients: miracle whip (I use Trader Joe's mayonnaise, which is a bit sweeter than other mayo's), mustard, vinegar, and sugar.
Peel the skins off the potatoes and dice them into 1inch (bite-size) pieces. Do the same with the eggs. Pour them into a large bowl along with the vegetables and mix together.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Then, add the dressing and mix together. Once everything is incorporated, smooth the top and sprinkle Paprika on.


Side Note: This recipe was originally adapted for a large family (8-10) and for pot luck/picnic functions, so it is large.  For my smaller family (4-6), I have minimized the recipe a bit by splitting it in half and it works great!

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