Monday, April 21, 2014

Mom's Famous Old Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe


Nothing says comfort food like a classic potato salad, and my Mom's Famous Old-Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe is the BEST you'll ever taste.  Perfect for family gatherings. BBQs, picnics, and holiday feasts, this recipe has been a staple in our family for as long as I can remember.



Whether you're preparing for a Memorial Day cookout or a casual summer lunch, this potato salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  

I can't wait to share it with you so...

Let's Get Started!




INGREDIENTS:



  • 5 lbs Russet Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 18-24 Hardboiled Eggs, chopped
  • 1 Large Onion, diced
  • 3 Stalks of Celery, finely diced
  • 2 cups Mayonnaise
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 cup Yellow Mustard
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar (or Sweet Pickle Relish)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

HERE'S HOW YOU MAKE IT:


1.  BOIL THE POTATOES AND EGGS:
  • Place the diced potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.  Add a pinch of salt.
  • Bring to a boil over medium/high heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  • In a separate pot, boil eggs for about 10 minutes.  Once done, transfer eggs to a bowl of cold water to cool.
2.  PREP THE INGREDIENTS:
  • Drain and cool the potatoes.
  • Peel and chop the cooled eggs. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, onion, and celery.
3.  MAKE THE DRESSING:
  • In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, mustard, sugar (or my preferred sweet pickle relish), salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the potato mixture.  Gently stir to coat all ingredients until everything is evenly coated.
4.  CHILL AND SERVE:
  • Cover the potato Salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the flavors meld together.  
  • Before serving, place a layer of sliced, hard boiled eggs on top and sprinkle with paprika for a touch of color.


WHAT MAKES THIS POTATO SALAD SO SPECIAL STRAIGHT FROM MY MOMMA:








I know what you're thinking.  You're sitting here, looking at this list of simple ingredients, thinking "there is nothing special here.  In fact, it all looks pretty basic.  You're right.  There is no interesting secret ingredient that makes my mom's potato salad so delicious.  I mean, we're from West Virginia for Pete's sake!  We're pretty simple people.  My mom says that the secret to her potato salad is LOTS of eggs and the combination of half mayonnaise, half Miracle Whip.  There is something about these two ingredients coming together that makes magic.  So much so that people pay her to make it for their get togethers all the time.  



HERE ARE MY TIPS FOR THE PERFECT POTATO SALAD:
  • CHOOSE THE RIGHT POTATOES:  Russet potatoes are ideal for this recipe as they hold their shape well and have a fluffy texture.
  • ADJUST SEASONING:  Taste and adjust the seasoning before chilling.  The flavors will intensify as the salad sits.
  • ADD A TWIST:  For a little extra flavor, consider adding chopped bacon, green onions, or fresh herbs like dill or parsley.  











This Old-Fashioned Potato Salad is not just a side dish, it's a nostalgic journey back to simpler times, evoking memories of family gatherings and warm summer days.  The creamy dressing, crunchy vegetables, and perfectly cooked potatoes make it a timeless classic.

Whether you're hosting a large party or simply making a comforting dish for your family, my Mom's Famous Old-Fashioned Potato Salad will not disappoint.  It's easy to make, delicious, and always a hit. I can't wait to you to give it a try!

Happy Eatin' Y'all!
~The Kitchen Wife~


1 comments:

  1. Very similar to my mom's potato salad. We don't put sugar or sweet pickles in ours. My mom always added sliced radishes but I leave them out. They are pretty but I am fine without them. Why do we only make potato salad in the warm part of the year? I could eat it every day!

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