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Mar 14, 2011 10:49 AM

Potato Salad Using Baking Potatoes?

Hi All,
I would like to make potato salad to accompany bbq chicken and baked beans. I have 2 large baking potatoes here at home, and don't feel like going out to get red or other waxy potato.
Has anyone done potato salad with this less than desirable type of potato? What was your method of cooking the potato?

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  1. How about just taking extra care when mixing the salad? You could, for example, mix the dressing and other ingredients, and just pour it over the sliced potatoes without any further mixing.

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    1. re: paulj

      Thank you--I was very careful when tossing. See below for report!

    2. I didn't have potato salad with anything but the baking potatoes (Russet) until I was an adult. The "other" potatoes aren't the norm in most parts of the country, particularly the midwest. :)

      They do taste fine, the trick is not to drown them. You may consider steaming them to cook instead of boiling them.

      Otherwise, they are just fine!

      1. I boil them whole and the peel and cube, tastes great!

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        1. re: lseavey

          Yeah, I do this too, and am careful not to overcook. I can rarely get anything other than baking potatoes.

        2. Thanks for the reinforcement!
          I don't think Mom ever made it with anything other than russet, but I've been using red for so long, I just wasn't sure if I'd be OK using these.

          1. Bake the potatoes on the grill and slightly undercook. The char gives a lovely flavour to potato salad (I usually dress the potato salad while potatoes are still warm to they absorb the other flavours better).