Monday, June 18, 2018

Not Quite My Momma's Potato Salad

The late Mr. O-P and I disagreed on potato salad. He liked potatoes thinly sliced, while I liked mine cubed and chunky. You would not believe what a big issue this was in our household, so much so, that it got to the point where he bought the kind he liked at the local market, and I didn’t eat any at all.

With the heat of summer already upon us, striking us dead in our tracks in early May, I’ve been thinking about barbecued ribs, corn on the cob, and potato salad. These dishes, along with a delicious wilted slaw, were things that my mother would make in the middle of summer. She would serve it to us with tall glasses of sweetened iced tea. As a consequence, this is one meal that just says “summer” to me. So today, I was thinking about potato salad, trying to remember what she put in hers and came up with this one on my own. As far as I can tell, the only thing lacking here are radishes, and I didn’t include them because I didn’t have them.

I made it super easy on myself by using a package of Melissa’s Parisian Pre-Cooked Potatoes, a potato that can seriously change your life. Because I always feel that warm potatoes absorb more of the saucy goodness (This may be true, this may not be. This is not a topic that I have seen covered on “Myth Busters.”), I did blanch these for about two minutes in boiling water, drained them, and then cooled them only slightly (and by this I mean not at all), before cutting them into cubes. Using pre-cooked potatoes made this dish a breeze! Plus, the potatoes are so tender, buttery, and delicious, perfect to soak up all of the tasty ingredients in the sauce. If you can’t get your hands on these potatoes, well, complain mightily to your grocer, but in their place you can use an equal amount of Baby Ruby Gold Potatoes, cooked until fork tender and cubed. 
Not Quite My Momma's Potato Salad

½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup Duke’s mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons sweet pickle juice
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 sweet-pickle chips, diced
3-4 large hard-boiled eggs, diced (Extra for garnish, if desired)
½ cup chopped celery
1 small Melissa’s shallot, minced
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Bring a large saucepan full of water to a rapid boil; add salt. Drop potatoes into the boiling water and heat through (1-2 minutes); rinse, drain, and slightly cool.

Meanwhile, whisk together mayonnaise, pickle juice, mustard, vinegar, sugar, and salt and pepper, to taste, in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, toss potatoes with pickle chips, eggs, celery, shallot, and parsley. Add dressing and eggs to potatoes and toss to coat. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if desired, and then fold in dressing.

This gets better if refrigerated overnight.  To serve, dust with paprika, and top each serving with an egg slice and pickle chip.


If you prefer a more German-type of potato salad, you will love Miss Hulling’s German Potato Salad from a local landmark restaurant.

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Linda said...

I'm with you - I like chunks! This looks really good. My SIL always made creamy, mustard-y potato salad that we LOVED, and although I have the recipe, I've never managed to get it to taste exactly like hers. I think she just guessed at the measurements, which included a half jar of mayonnaise, mustard, eggs, pickles, and a stick of butter! :-O

When her granddaughter got married, my SIL and I loved the potato salad provided by the caterer, even though it was nothing like my SIL's recipe. She persuaded me to ask the caterer for the recipe. The caterer told me she'd "have to kill me" if she gave it to me (I don't like that attitude!) but she said we could achieve the "secret ingredient" taste by adding red wine vinegar to the just-cooked potatoes. I'm going to give yours a try because it has that secret ingredient in it, and because it looks so creamy. :D

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I can’t imagine putting butter in potato salad at all, let alone that much, but what do I know, I am certainly no expert. I do know that I really liked this a lot! I liked it so much that I could have eaten it by itself as a meal. In fact, as with so many things, I had to shove it in the back of the refrigerator and bring jars of pickles around in front of it so that I wouldn’t see it or I would have eaten the entire bowl. I hope you try this, and if you do, let me know what you think. I would love to be able to provide you with a recipe that you love.

Alycia Nichols said...

Ha! The title of your post reminds me of that Miranda Lambert song (This Ain't My) Mama's Broken Heart!!! Wow...potato salad is one of my favorite summertime dishes. I have to agree with you that chunks rock a potato salad. I can't imagine potato salad with thinly sliced potatoes. Seems to me like they'd just fall apart upon adding the mayonnaise, eggs, etc. The chunks give potato salad that hearty feel!

Q said...

I learned from a fabulous cook, my neighbor, to put a couple TBL of melted butter over the potatoes before adding the dressing...well let me tell you I've done it everytime and it's wonderful. It makes the dressing go on smoother and not soak in so much. That and a tiny bit of celery seed and a large dribble of slaw dressing in with the mayo. Now I'm craving some. Your wonderful photo of it didn't help the craving any.

Miz Helen said...

Looks like a great potato salad, perfect for summer picnics! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
Miz Helen