Showing posts with label old-fashioned potato salad. Show all posts
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Old-Fashioned Party Potato Salad @LucyBurdette


Big bash with the family
LUCY BURDETTE: As a kid we often celebrated holidays with my aunts and their families--my mother did not love to cook, but she loved holiday spreads. And these always included potato salad. (My mother's in the brown dress, I'm just to the right.)

Janet and Barbara goofing around
My Aunt Barbara was usually in charge of the potato salad. She had to make several kinds, because someone wouldn't eat onions and I wouldn't eat eggs and so on...(These were NOT allergies--they were preferences. She was more accommodating than I would be:)

But I started to think about those hard-boiled eggs--why shouldn't they be a main ingredient? What if I left out all the fancy stuff--the onions, the celery, the pickles, the peppers, the capers--and went back to something basic? Here's what I came up with--we decided we like it quite a bit, but as always, tinker away until it feels like yours!

Ingredients

6 medium red potatoes
2 eggs
Heaping tablespoon of fresh dill
1 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp celery salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 heaping Tbsp Hellmann's mayonnaise (I used the kind with olive oil)

Wash the potatoes, cut out any unappealing spots, and cut them in half or quarters, depending on size. Boil them gently until they are soft. Cut them into slices when cool.


 In another pan, boil the eggs about ten minutes and let them cool in the hot water.


Stir together the oil and vinegar and dill and marinate the warm potatoes in this mixture. 

Meanwhile, mix the other ingredients--the celery seed, celery salt, mustard, and mayo, and add fresh black pepper to taste.




Slice the eggs and add them to the potatoes. 










Fold the mayo mixture into the potatoes and eggs and taste to correct the seasoning.

 



Serve in a pretty bowl with grilled anything! Here's hoping you have a wonderful holiday weekend with all your favorite relatives and friends-- and food!


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