Thursday, August 12, 2010

Recipe 21: BEST POTATO SALAD (side dish, picnic foods, potatoes)

This is my moms potato salad recipe. I am generally not a  huge fan of potato salad. Many times it is too mayonnaise-y, or too much celery(blech), or not enough mustard. Potato salad is funny. It has to be just right.  When my mom makes this everybody chows down. It is so good! This uses Miracle Whip instead of mayo, and it makes a huge difference.  I make this for cook outs, pot lucks, picnics, functions, parties...anything. It is just really really good.
 My mom says she just kind of makes it "by sight", but watching her and making it myself, this is the general recipe. You can add or detract according to your taste.

10-12 potatoes; peeled, quartered and boiled until tender
6 hard boiled eggs; peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped small
1/2 yellow onion, chopped fine
6 sweet gherkin pickles, chopped small

After the potatoes are drained and cooled, cut them into various bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl.
GENTLY mix in chopped eggs, celery, onion and pickles.

In a bowl mix together:
1 1/4 cup Miracle Whip(more or less according to taste)
1 TBSP sugar
3 Medium Squirts Yellow Mustard (you can adjust to taste)

Gently mix this with the potatoes until evenly coated.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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