Classic Potato Salad
Sometimes I feel like my cooking skills are lacking because there are certain things that I feel like I should just be able to make with no recipe, and I can’t. For instance, potato salad or coleslaw. Those seem like things that you should just be able to dump ingredients together and produce something edible (if not tasty). I tried making coleslaw on the fly once, and it was disgusting. I’ll blame it on the Russian mayonnaise I was using.
So when Nate suggested we make potato salad, I had to find a recipe. This recipe turned out really well, and I think it’s a useful one to have around now that it’s getting warmer, barbeque season is starting, and those Labor Day parties are around the corner. The potato salad is creamy, flavorful and kind of like the stuff you’d buy at the grocery store, except not really because it tastes a lot better. Think of it as spring time comfort food.
Classic Potato Salad
(from Cook’s Illustrated)
If you only have celery salt, rather than celery seed, add in the same amount of celery salt as you would celery seed and omit the table salt. It’s good to let this sit for at least 2 hours before you serve it, and it tastes even better on the next day.
|2||pounds russet potatoes (3 to 4 medium), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes|
|2||tablespoons distilled white vinegar|
|1||medium rib celery , chopped fine (about 1/2 cup)|
|2||tablespoons minced red onion|
|3||tablespoons sweet pickle relish|
|3/4||teaspoon powdered mustard|
|3/4||teaspoon celery seed|
|2||tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves|
|1/4||teaspoon ground black pepper|
|2||large hard-cooked eggs , peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (optional)|
Place potatoes in large saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; add 1 tablespoon salt, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring once or twice, until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes.
Drain potatoes and transfer to large bowl. Add vinegar and, using rubber spatula, toss gently to combine. Let stand until potatoes are just warm, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together celery, onion, pickle relish, mayonnaise, mustard powder, celery seed, parsley, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using rubber spatula, gently fold dressing and eggs, if using, into potatoes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours; serve.