Potato Salad is a staple of summer cookouts, backyard barbeques, and other social gatherings, especially in the South. Truth be told, there are many versions of Potato Salad around the world. Cooks add all kinds of veggies and herbs to potato salad in the hopes of creating a unique taste. Some top the Potato Salad with sour cream; others wouldn’t make Potato Salad without the perfect amount of mayo and mustard.
To understand why Potato Salad is so important, one must first understand the origins of Potato Salad. Potato Salad is a dish that has origins running back to the time of the Spanish explorers of the 16th century; however, the Potato Salad recipe that we know of today is based on a German tradition and probably came to America prior to the American Revolution.Read More »
Because bottled mayo wasn’t available until the early twentieth century, it is tough to know exactly who added this condiment to Potato Salads. However, when this trend became popular, the recipe took a change as well. In addition to the mayo, cooks added chopped celery and herbs.
It’s also important to note that many American families have a family recipe in which there is a “secret” ingredient involved; you’ll also find that there are varying Potato Salad recipes from different regions of the United States!
Tips for Preparing the Potato Salad
It’s crucial that you salt the water in which you boil the potatoes, and use the right amount of salt. Use about a teaspoon of salt. Your potatoes will not be salty; instead, the salt will bring out the flavor of the potatoes.
Next, don’t let the potatoes boil too long. Bring them to a boil, then turn down the temp so that the potatoes just simmer, cover with your lid and let the internal heat cook the potatoes. You’ll know they are ready when you can easily push a fork through the center of the potato.
Oh, one last note – a really great potato salad begins when you choose the right type of potato. Choose small, waxy potatoes such as the Yukon Gold variety. Stay away from Russet potatoes as they tend to crumble when cooked.
2 pounds yellow, red, or white potatoes (make sure they’re small!)
1 tablespoon apple cider, wine, or rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon yellow mustard (can substitute Dijon mustard or whole grain mustard if desired)
1/2 medium-sized red onion, finely chopped
3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 medium dill pickle, finely chopped
2 boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (this is an optional ingredient)
1/4 cup of fresh herbs, chopped finely (this can be any and all of the following – parsley, dill, chives, tarragon, or cilantro)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with about 1 1/2 inches of water. Cook 15 – 20 minutes or until you can easily pierce them with a fork.
Once the potatoes are done cooking, drain them. Pinch the skin away from the potato, and cube the potato into smaller chunks (preferably bite-sized). Lightly pour the vinegar over the potatoes and sprinkle salt to taste over them.
Mix sour cream, mayo, and mustard in a bowl. Add the sour cream mixture as well as the cubed potatoes to the mixture. Add the chopped veggies (onion, pickles, herbs) and eggs (if desired) to the mixture. Combine the ingredients but be careful not to mash the potatoes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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