Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lisa's Potato Salad

*NOTE:  The lengthy nature of this blog is misleading.  This is a SIMPLE recipe. 

I hated potato salad my whole life.  (Pardon my life stories regarding recipes and food).  I cannot stand a potato salad that is full of all manner of ingredients.  To me, simple is best.  The first time I tried it and liked it was when I was about 23.   I went to a potluck on the Richardson side.  John's sister-in-law had made potato salad.  I looked in the bowl and it looked so simple that it intrigued me.  All I saw was potatoes & eggs...and a creamy sauce!!!  I loved it and asked about it.  My own potato salad recipe was kind of made up from that one.  Every time I take this somewhere people ask me about it.  I think what makes it special is it's simplicity...plus the ratio of mayo/miracle whip, and I use lots of eggs.  I have never taken note of the 'recipe' before.  I simply throw stuff together until I like it.  When people called for the recipe, I laughed uncomfortably and didn't know what to tell them.  But this last time I made it, I finally decided to notice how much of everything I used.  Keep in mind, this potato salad that I made was large.  It fed a group of around 40-50.  Adapt the quantities accordingly. 

7 lbs potatoes (appx. 20 medium-sized potatoes...although i love red potatoes the best, i usually don't have those and use whatever potato i have.  adjust quantity according to potato size)
24 eggs
3 cups miracle whip
2 cups mayonnaise
salt & pepper

In large pot, place eggs in pot of cold water in a single layer and make sure there is 1-2 inches of water above the eggs.  Bring to boil.  Boil for one minute.  Turn off heat, but keep covered for about 12 minutes.  (At this point I usually forget about the eggs, and they end up boiling for about 10 minutes...and it works too!)  Take pot off, and let cold water run into pot OR remove eggs with slotted spoon into ice water.    Gently tap the eggs on a hard surface to crack the shell.  Gently remove the membrane and shell.  Sometimes a batch will end up slipping off easily and other times they are tough for me.  (If anyone has any tips about shell removal, please comment!)  As I remove the shells, I am barely running some cool water to rinse off any shell bits.  Obviously the egg will be a little wet.  To minimize sliminess I then place them in a bowl with some folded paper towels in the bottom to soak up the water.  Meanwhile, the potatoes are boiling on the stove...

Peel potatoes.  Slice them up into nice, bite-size squarish pieces.  Make sure you don't cut them too small or during the boiling process they will just disintegrate.  When I have all of the potatoes sliced up, I give them one more good rinse to rinse off some of the emerging starch (just because it bugs me).  Bring them to a boil.  Boil until fork-tender.  Immediately remove from heat and drain.  (Occasionally I will accidentally overcook the pieces and they are headed towards mashed-potato-hood.  If you do this and have a few hours or even overnight, simply put them in a bowl in the refrigerator and they will re-solidify a bit.) 

Cut up eggs by hand into a large bowl.  I like to try to keep them similar in size to the potatoes.  Add Salt & Pepper.  Pour in potato pieces.  Add some more salt & pepper along with the mayonnaise and miracle whip.  Stir it all together (during this stirring process, some of the soft potato will flake off into the mixture and make it all the more creamy and perfect.  Salt & pepper again to taste.  Serve!


Karey said...

This is a favorite! Even my most finicky eater loved it. Yummy!

Tawnie said...

This is the BEST potato salad EVER!!! I crave it often. And thank goodness Lisa pulled through and satisfied that craving this weekend. Well, shouldn't say satisfied because now I want it even more.

Mindy said...

I've heard that older eggs are easier to peel, so avoid using fresh eggs. I've never put that to the test "scientifically", but maybe that will help with the egg peeling in the future. :)

Tawnie said...

Where did you learn to hard cook eggs like that? I've never heard of it. If I can just stand in front of the stove for that minute of boiling, this might be the best way for me to go. I usually forget the eggs are boiling too.

Scott / Lori said...

I have always liked potato salad, until I met this potato salad. Now I think love is the appropriate word. It is just so delicious and yet so simple. It seems no matter the size of the salad Lisa makes it pretty much gets finished.

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Jolie said...

Such great reviews and I totally need a potato salad to take to a lunch tomorrow. Can't wait to try this one! Thanks girls!