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Old 05-27-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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Need help with potato salad...

This is one of my husbands favorite dishes, and when I tried it once last summer it didn't come out well at all. He wants me to try it again, so I was wondering if any one had any good recipes for potato salad they could share with me. Maybe possibly some tips for preparing it as well? Last time I made it mine came out bland and seemed to take forever to make.

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Old 05-27-2014, 11:59 AM   #2
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This is one of my husbands favorite dishes, and when I tried it once last summer it didn't come out well at all. He wants me to try it again, so I was wondering if any one had any good recipes for potato salad they could share with me. Maybe possibly some tips for preparing it as well? Last time I made it mine came out bland and seemed to take forever to make.

What type of potato salad are you interested in? Mayonnaise based, vinegar based?

Some folks use ranch dressing to flavor a salad.
Bacon and hard cooked eggs are a popular addition.
Season well. Potatoes need a lot of salt.
Small amounts of things like mustard, vinegar and celery salt add a lot to a salad.
Boil your potatoes and cut them up then toss them with the dressing while the potatoes are still hot/warm. They will absorb the flavors better.
Use low starch potatoes like reds or youkon golds. They hold their shape better.
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Thanks Andy!

I was wanting something more Mayonnaise based. I'll have to try out some of those tips.
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I add a bit of sugar, a squirt of yellow mustard and a bit of cider vinegar to my mayo based potato salad, along with lots of celery, some onion, either green or other, and hard boiled egg.
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What if he's not a big fan of celery? Would it be overpowering?
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You can leave it out, but it adds a nice crunch. Celery seed is good too. Pickles would be another addition.
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What kind of pickles do you think would be best?
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I think a good approach to potato salad is to have what I might call a "theme," a direction for it to, so it has accents that work together and doesn't become a muddle. A lot of people like their mayo type to go herbish, mainly dill, including both the fresh herb and the pickles. A prominent vinegar note goes well with that, a light, sharp vinegar, rather than a heavier balsamic. I see a lot of them that use too much mayo, and I think they become too much a chunky cream, and that predisposes toward a blandness that is hard to counter with other ingredients. It's a POTATO salad, a salad of potatoes, so it shouldn't drown in it's "dressing." And if it seems blah, a touch of Louisiana style hot sauce isn't out of place.

Oh, And everything's better with bacon. Right?
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Sweet or sour pickles, either would work. The sour could take the place of vinegar. Pickle relish would work too. A local grocery store makes theirs with sweet relish.

I would keep tasting the dressing until you get what you like.
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What if he's not a big fan of celery? Would it be overpowering?
I don't use celery because I don't like it. If you are concerned about overpowering flavor, use less. You can add a diced cuke for crunch in addition to or instead of celery.
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