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CLASSIC POTATO SALAD

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JENNYBEEAY Sep 19, 2009 08:16 AM

CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND A RECIPE FOR A SIMPLE, CLASSIC POTATO SALAD LIKE GRANDMA USED TO MAKE? I'VE FOUND MANY RECIPES BUT THEY ALL SEEM TO HAVE MOVED AWAY FROM THE ONE I USED TO HAVE AT FAMILY PICNICS. THANKS FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS!

  1. c oliver Sep 19, 2009 08:28 AM

    Here's a whole slew of ideas:

    http://search.chow.com/search?query=p...

    1. todao Sep 19, 2009 08:29 AM

      Except for the sugar and tomatoes (I don't use either one) this recipe is pretty close to what my family has used since I was a kid. I don't follow a recipe, I just make it, but if I did use a family "recipe" this would be the foundation I'd work from along with some chopped green and/or black olives, chopped garlic, green onions for the chopped onion, Best Foods or Hellman's' mayonnaise (no substitutes for that ingredient) red wine vinegar, chopped hard boiled eggs, chopped parsley, and some crisp bacon bits sprinkled on top.

      http://southernfood.about.com/od/pota...

      1. g
        gordeaux Sep 19, 2009 08:33 AM

        boil some diced potatoes
        dice up some celery
        dice up some boiled egg
        dice up some onion
        Add real mayo - not some sugary glop "salad dressing" like Miracle Whip. Add enough to make it the consistency of what YOU like.
        Salt and Pepper to taste
        If you like garlic, go for it
        If you like parsley, go for it.

        Potato salad is not a recipe that random people will know how to make according to your family picnics. We weren't there.

        I have no idea if your family used diced or sliced potatoes.

        I have no idea if your family used homemade mayo, or some storebought stuff, or if you guys actually preferred your potato salad to be sugary and used Miracle Whip.

        You were there. It's basically potatoes, onions, usually a little celery and mayo. What do YOU remember? If you don't remember, then thereshould be no issue with a new recipe since you don't have anything to compare it to.
        Find a recipe and then TWEAK it to what YOU want.

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        1. re: gordeaux
          grampart Sep 19, 2009 09:10 AM

          I use all of the ingredients above (Vidalia onion) except the garlic and, for salt, I use celery salt. I find it adds that certain something.

        2. Gio Sep 19, 2009 08:42 AM

          This is a link to the Bon Appetit Y'All first thread and my report of a delicious potato salad. Very easy to make. Directly following the report is a post by the author of the book, Virginia Willis:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6078...

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          1. re: Gio
            clamscasino Sep 19, 2009 08:51 AM

            I heartlily second Gio's recomendation! Easy to make and soooo delicious.

          2. Channa Sep 19, 2009 08:57 AM

            To me, this is how potato salad should taste -- creamy, eggy, and lovely:

            http://apps.detnews.com/apps/recipes/...

            (I do usually double the amount of onion.)

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            1. re: Channa
              Will Owen Sep 19, 2009 06:01 PM

              They had me until I came to the mustard...

              Mom's classic (THE family recipe) formula: 1 egg to 1 potato to 1/4 onion. S&P as needed or wanted, Hellman's (BF) mayonnaise to bind. I've monkeyed with it, added sour cream, added garlic, whatever, but the ONLY way I've been able to improve it has been to make the mayonnaise. When I do that, then I incorporate some garlic by dropping it into the running Cuisinart and then proceeding with the rest.

              An improvement I will be making is a trick I learned from that Greek etc. cookbook I've been so crazy about: to keep the onion's sweetness and crunch without the bite, put the sliced-up onion into a bowl, sprinkle it with salt, and then cover with cold water for at least half an hour. Drain and dry thoroughly and then proceed. Lovely trick.

              1. re: Will Owen
                c oliver Sep 19, 2009 06:23 PM

                You know I love that Greek potato salad and the onion technique is great.

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                  catrn Sep 19, 2009 06:37 PM

                  Great tip! I will definately try this next time I make potato salad.

                  1. re: catrn
                    Will Owen Sep 22, 2009 10:31 AM

                    Anecdote re: Mediterranean taste: when my sister's family was living near Brindisi in southern Italy and mom and I visited, we were invited to lunch at a neighbor's house and served a typical working-class special-occasion meal of several overlapping courses. Mom decided to reciprocate with an equally typical American picnic meal of fried chicken, green salad and potato salad. The latter was politely but firmly declined after first bites, because the Italians couldn't tolerate so much raw onion. Had we known about and employed the soaking technique they probably would have eaten and enjoyed that salad.

              2. g
                gordeaux Sep 19, 2009 11:32 AM

                By the way, I'm a chopped dill pickle person for tater salad.

                Never sweet pickles though. I don't think a mixture of potato, onion, egg, and mayo needs sugar added.

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                1. re: gordeaux
                  Full tummy Sep 20, 2009 08:19 PM

                  Me, too. What's potato salad without the pickles?

                  1. re: Full tummy
                    grampart Sep 21, 2009 05:56 AM

                    "What's potato salad without the pickles?" Same as tuna salad without the pickles. Better!

                    1. re: grampart
                      Will Owen Sep 22, 2009 10:35 AM

                      To itch his own. I like to add chopped dill pickle sometimes, to both potato and tuna salad, but I do NOT like the sweet pickle relish that's so popular.

                      Mustard is another addition I do not favor.

                      1. re: Will Owen
                        Full tummy Sep 22, 2009 06:53 PM

                        Yes, definitely no sweet relish in any of that stuff. A bottle of sweet relish sits in my fridge for an age without getting used.

                        1. re: Full tummy
                          Will Owen Sep 22, 2009 09:07 PM

                          Were I alone, I probably wouldn't even have any, but Mrs. O wants it in macaroni salad and coleslaw, and on hot dogs as well. So it gets used at just the frequency to keep it from growing fur...

                      2. re: grampart
                        Full tummy Sep 22, 2009 06:53 PM

                        Hahahahaha. Funny but misguided. It is the same as a burger--better with the pickles.

                  2. steakman55 Sep 19, 2009 03:54 PM

                    Duke's mayo is best one to use....no sugar.....great taste.

                    1. waitress Sep 19, 2009 05:16 PM

                      My grandma used to make her potato salad whipped, kind of like mash potatoes. Every Thanksgiving I ask my aunt to make it for me, my mom packs it in a cooler for a four hour drive. It's a basic recipe, mayo,mustard, course chopped boiled eggs, pickles, onion, salt, pepper garnished with paprika.
                      One tweak that I do now, I put bread & butter pickles & cornichons in the food processor and sometimes capers, (gasp, so not southern).

                       
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                      1. re: waitress
                        c oliver Sep 19, 2009 06:26 PM

                        That is perhaps the most interesting riff on a "classic" that I've ever heard of. But you forgot to mention the Jim Beam :)

                      2. s
                        sedimental Sep 22, 2009 10:58 AM

                        Seems like there are many different "classics"....LOL
                        My family classic is Best Foods mayo, DILL pickles, No mustard....and of course the onions, touch of garlic, lots of egg, a bit of celery and lots of S & P.

                        1. r
                          Rick Sep 22, 2009 11:57 AM

                          If you do a mayo based one, I always like to add yellow mustard.

                          1. Uncle Bob Sep 22, 2009 12:11 PM

                            Baked potatoes......
                            Eggs........
                            Dukes Mayonnaise........
                            Very Small amount of Mustard...(Sometimes Creole)
                            Chopped Garlic Dill Pickle........
                            A little Finely Chopped Onion & Celery........
                            Salt/Pepper.......

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                            1. re: Uncle Bob
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                              LauraGrace Sep 23, 2009 06:30 AM

                              You bake your potatoes? I'm intrigued. Is there an advantage to this? It seems like you'd have to add a LOT more mayo (I mean, it's Duke's, so how bad can THAT be, right?) to compensate for the drier, fluffier texture.

                              1. re: LauraGrace
                                Uncle Bob Sep 23, 2009 07:32 AM

                                To be honest I don't know if I can give you an 'advantage' per se..Just what we always do. Bake..Cool.. Peel...Dice and prepare the salad....More Dukes?? Not that I've noticed.
                                Sometimes it's Bake..Cool...Dice with out peeling and prepare salad. It's called Baked Potato Salad...

                                Give it a try and........

                                Enjoy!

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