Hawaiian Potato Mac Salad
Anyone have a good recipe for Hawaiian Potato Macaroni Salad?
I don't have a real recipe, but I guess that's because my mom just throws everything together "to taste". Boil your macaroni noodles, boil potatoes (then peel and cut into chunks), hard boil eggs, cool everything. Thinly slice cucumbers (japanese, english, or persian - the ones that aren't watery), salt them and let them sit, rinse and squeeze dry. Sometimes she'll add dried shrimp, but that's not for everyone.
Either dice the hard boiled eggs or use an egg slicer (slice, turn 90 degrees and slice again). I would guess 1 part potatoes, 1 part macaroni, and 1/2 as much eggs. Add the drained cucumbers (and dried shrimp) and start mixing mayo in. You want it fairly on the wet side since the potatoes will absorb some moisture. Stop and taste. Add salt. Taste. Keep going until you are happy.
I'm always happy to be a taste tester for potato mac salad. =)
The secret is letting the noodles cook a little longer so that they're soft and adding all of the ingredients to the hot or warm noodles.
Here's my recipe:
1 pound bag mac noodles,cooked past the al dente stage.
4 big potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes-drained of all water
4 eggs (or more if you like) boiled and chopped
1 head celery, cleaned, chopped into small pieces. Use the leaves, too as they add flavor.
1 can of tuna, drained and chopped up into small bits (they'll never know its in the salad)
1 large carrot, shredded
1 tsp. white pepper
1 cup Best Foods Mayo (Kraft Mayo is Ok but do not use Miracle Whip)
Optional- add 6 scallions/green onions, chopped up finely.
I cook the noodles separately and drain the water back into the pot and cook the eggs with the potatoes. It takes about 20 minutes to cook. You can remove the eggs after five minutes.
While the noodles are still hot or warm, add all of the ingredients and mix well. I top this with the green onions and cover the bowl. Refrigerate overnight. As the noodles will absorb some of the mayo, check the salad before serving and add additional mayo until you like the texture and taste.
There ya go! Aloha!