Thursday, August 20, 2009

Summer Send-Off: Southern Potato Salad

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First, we have a winner! Ellen of Jacksonville, FL
is this week's winner of the $25 Williams-Sonoma
gift card.
Congratulations, Ellen, and thanks for joining us here at Mystery Lover's Kitchen. If you didn’t win, there are still three more chances to score your own gift card. Just keep those comments and emails coming!

Well, school is about to start back here next week so there are groans and grins alike in my household (the 7th grader doesn’t want to go back, the third grader does.)

We pretend in North Carolina that it’s fall when school reconvenes, even though it’s probably going to be at least 90 degrees all next week. My daughter will want to wear her cute new fall clothes, which are totally inappropriate for hot summer days. But…well, I’ll probably let her. Where’s the harm, after all?

It’ll be nice to have the taste of summer in their little lunchboxes, anyhow. And, thanks to the magic of blue ice, I’ll put some in a Tupperware.


Southern-Style Potato Salad

3 pounds red potatoes
4 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound cooked, crumbled bacon

  • Boil potatoes until soft. Cut into cubes.
  • Sir potatoes and eggs together.
  • Stir all other ingredients together if serving immediately. If chilling and serving, sprinkle bacon on last.

Enjoy! :)

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  1. It’s early morning here in Albuquerque, and my one slice of toast was just barely doing its job of keeping hunger pangs at bay. Now, this. I do so love potato salad. Well, in truth, I love all food, some more than others, but PS is near the top of the list. Sigh, now the kitchen is calling my name. I shall not resist. Thank you, Elizabeth. And, now, to the kitchen.

    Best Regards, Galen
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  2. I ate this for both supper last night and breakfast a few minutes ago. :) I may officially be obsessed with this recipe.


  3. Thanks for letting me be a winner this week.
    Our school starts next week and 90's temp is still summer here also.

    Ellen in Jax.

  4. Congratulations, Ellen! Is it ever NOT summer in Florida? :)


  5. Personally I like potato salad any time of the year, any temperature!


  6. Potatoes and bacon – two of my favorite foods. No doubt about it, this has to be an excellent recipe.

  7. Avery--Me too! The nice thing about potato salad is that it can be served warm or cold (and, depending on the weather outside, it's nice to have a choice.)

    Jane--It's REALLY tasty. I just had a few more bits a couple of minutes ago. :)

  8. Grinning - remembering when I was in 7th grade (back in the previous CENTURY now - Yikes!) and how much I couldn't wait to wear my new school clothes! Thanks for the memory - and the recipe. Sour cream, bacon, and relish make this amazingly intriguing. Can't wait to try this one!

    Meet the founder of "Moosehead Quilters" today at my *virtual* home...

  9. Cleo--And the previous millennium! :) Not to make you feel older or anything...I'm in the same boat!

    Moosehead Quilters? I'm checking it out!


  10. I love potato salad. I hate mayonaise and sour cream, but somehow I love potato sald. Weird, I know.

    Stephen Tremp

  11. Elizabeth, I'm so glad you posted this recipe. I make German Potato Salad and didn't think there was much difference, but now I see there are some small differences. I've never used bacon in potato salad. There's something I *have* to try. Yum!

  12. Stephen--I'm not a mayo fan, either. But I do love sour cream!

    Krista--I bet there are lots of similarities between this recipe and the German potato salad. Except, probably, bacon. :) Bacon added to anything is better!


  13. Patricia BarracloughAugust 20, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Love good potato salad. Will have to give this one a try.

  14. Potato Salad is comfort food for my family. I'll have to sprinkle bacon on my next batch. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Day late, but nonetheless excited about this recipe. I have really come to love potato salad. Can't wait to try this one.


  16. I'm obsessed with good potato salad recipes (odd? yep, but I can't help it). This one sounds delish and will get a trail run very soon! Thanks!!