Kate's Cuisine

Jun 03 2014

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

There are just about as many theories out there on how to make a potato salad as there are potatoes. When it comes time to make mine, I do adhere to a few rules, but I also bend a few as well. The first rule I disregard is that I do away with pickles. I find that cucumbers are a bit crunchier, and that they also don’t overwhelm the dish the way pickle brine sometimes can. In place of those pickles, I add some capers – not traditional I know, but it gives the salad just a bit of saltiness that I really like. As many others do, I also add eggs, but just one for every six potatoes. Anymore than that and I really feel as though it’s just egg salad with some potatoes thrown in. Other than that I stick to mustard, a bit of vinegar, some onions, celery, and spices. Pretty basic stuff.

6 red potatoes, washed with skins left on and cut into a large dice $1.26
1 egg $0.20
1 cup mayonnaise $0.99
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar $0.16
1 tablespoon white vinegar $0.02
1 tablespoon mustard $0.06
2 celery stalks, finely diced $0.26
1 onion, finely diced $0.47
1/2 cup cucumber, finely diced $0.31
1 tablespoon capers $1.33
1 tablespoon fresh or dried dill $0.03
1 teaspoon garlic powder $0.13
1 teaspoon paprika $0.16
Salt $0.01
Pepper $0.01

Total cost $5.40
Cost per serving $0.67

1.) Place diced potato in a steamer basket with a bit of water at the bottom. Cover, turn heat to high, and allow potatoes to steam for about 10 minutes, just until they are fork-tender. Then remove from steamer, place them in a large bowl, and allow them to cool completely. (You can even place them in the fridge to speed up this process.)

2.) While potatoes are cooking, place the one egg in a saucepan and fill with water along with one tablespoon of white vinegar. Cover, place over high heat and just bring to the boil. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, turn heat off, keep covered, and allow egg to steam for another 10 minutes, just like you would with egg salad. Once the egg has steamed, place in a large bowl of ice water to cool it down and to stop the cooking process. Once egg has cooled, gently crack and roll it along your work surface to break the egg shell. Place it under running water to help loosen it, and gently peel the shell away. Once the shell is removed, dice the egg and place it in the same bowl as the cooled and diced potatoes.

3.) To the bowl holding the egg and potatoes, add the mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, mustard, celery, onion, cucumber, capers, dill, garlic powder, and paprika. Mix well and taste to see if it needs seasoning (the capers are a bit salty) and add salt if necessary. Add pepper to taste and mix again.

4.) Place in the fridge and allow to sit for at least one hour so the flavours can marry and so the entire salad can become chilled.

5.) Serve and enjoy!

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Old Fashioned Potato Salad”

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  4. kateon 17 Jun 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Isabelle, thanks for stopping by and for your suggestions for the site. I write the posts as long as they need to be, meaning I don’t go in to any post with any set word count of anything in mind. I provide a small blurb, either with tips about how to prepare the dish, trivia on it such as a bit of history, or a story about what inspired me to make it. I believe this is the only way to provide readers with natural posts that are both interesting and informative to them. I’m glad you’re liking it, and hope to see you back soon!

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