June 12, 2011

MOUTHWATERING MONDAY: Last-Meal-On-Earth Potato Salad!

Posted by Ethne~

As I mentioned here, I was intent on trying out my hand at deviled-egg potato salad like we had from Baker’s grocery store at Dad’s in Omaha over Memorial Weekend.  It was PHENOMENAL, to quote my friend MC when she’s describing yummy food.

Scrum-diddli-umptious - the original from Omaha

I figured I could follow basic potato salad principles, then guesstimate from there.  Thrifty Nana (my Mom), Dad and our families (shout out to Aunt Pam!) taught us pretty well when it comes to cooking.  And it’s not just the follow-a-recipe kind of cooking, it’s the use-your-knowledge-and-improvise kind of cooking.  (Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of times when I follow a recipe b/c the recipe is just plain awesome, and baking isn’t really an ‘improvise’ kind of deal-i-o on the whole.)  Well, I was determined to make deviled-egg potato salad, seeing as I can’t run to Baker’s in Omaha every time I get a hankering for it.

First, let’s get out there how much I love deviled eggs.  They are a last-meal-on-Earth kind of food in my book.  I LOOOOOOOOVE deviled eggs.  As a matter of fact, I love them so much that I decided I needed my own deviled egg plate since I hate how they slip and slide around a regular plate.  My awesome sis HS obliged me this past Christmas and got me a sa-weet one.  I don’t particularly loooooove making deviled eggs, but cost-benefit if ya’ll get me.  I don’t think I’ve ever once looked at a recipe for them – it’s something Thrifty Nana and I have made up as we go.  Our preference: hard-boiled egg yolk, Miracle Whip (though we otherwise are mayo people, we like that ‘tangy zip’), salt and pepper, with paprika for pretty.  Finely-chopped chives if we’re feeling crazy.  [Pretty sure you just got a 2-for-1 recipe right there Friends.  You’re welcome.]

So this was on my mind when I set about to make my own deviled-egg potato salad.

Basic potato salad fixings:

~Boiled 5-lb. bag of potatoes – regular russet are fine, but whatever – peeled and chopped into ¼ inch to ½ inch cubes

1/2-inch cubes of YUM

~Hard-boiled eggs – I used a dozen eggs

The girls thought peeling these was a fun game...
...good thing the eggs were getting chopped to bits

~Celery – about 2-3 stalks cleaned & chopped finely (including tops)
~Green onion – we had it from TN’s yard so FREE – 4-6 chopped finely, whites and greens.  One medium-large yellow onion chopped small would be fine too
Green onion picked minutes before

~Green pepper – one chopped finely (seeded too)

Green pepper - later in the summer they'll be home-grown too!

If you like other stuff like *radishes* in your potato salad, be my guest and add it.

Boil the whole potatoes for 20 minutes in a large pot.  Drain and allow to cool completely.  Boil the eggs – put them in cold water, bring to rolling boil then immediately remove from heat and allow to sit in the hot water for exactly 15 minutes, covered (this is the BEST way to hard boil eggs to get a clean peel from the shell and yolks that are perfect).  Then drain and douse in cool water until you can handle them with your hands.  While these things are a-bubbling, you can chop your other ingredients.

Peel the eggs when they’re still warm – it’s way easier.  Cut in half and take out the yolks; put those in a separate dish.  Chop up the whites finely and put in the same bowl as your other chopped ingredients.

Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes – combine with the other ingredients, but do it gently so they don’t get mashed up.


To make the sauce:

~Egg yolks – all 12
~Miracle Whip – about 2 cups, plus more if necessary

Na Na Na Na Na...Whip It...Na Na Na Na Na...Whip It Good

~Coarse ground Dijon mustard – about ½ cups, plus more to taste.  You can use smooth Dijon or yellow mustard if you like, but I liked the look of the mustard seeds, and I prefer Dijon to yellow in potato salad.
~Salt & pepper to taste

Mash the 12 egg yolks with a fork.  Add a lot of Miracle Whip.  Add the Dijon mustard.  Stir till well-combined.  Taste.  Does it need salt and pepper?  You decide.  I used several shakes of both.  Stir around again.

To mix:

Stir the sauce with the other ingredients, and be gentle, in a large bowl.  You don’t want to break up the potatoes to mush.  When it’s well-mixed, taste it.  Is it a little dry?  Add more Miracle Whip, about a ½ cup at a time till you like the taste/consistency.  Does it need more salt & pepper?  Add till you like it, but don’t make it too salty as a rule.

When you serve, shake with *paprika* for pretty.

I recommend that you make any potato salad the day ahead.  It’s always better the 2nd day.

Oh yeah, I did it.

Not too bad, huh?  It’s not super hard and you’ll LOOOOOOVE the end result.  Perfect for upcoming events like Father’s Day (if you’ve got a meat-and-potatoes guy like those in my life) and the 4th of July.  I won’t be upset if you claim the glory for yourselves – except be sure you tell the guests at your parties to follow our blog!!!

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