Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Potato Salad - the best ever!

Happy 4th of July!  What goes better with a cook out than potato salad?  Here's a recipe for a delicious and easy one that even potato salad haters will like.  This recipe is from Andrea the Kitchen Witch archives - it's an oldie but a goodie!

Let me first say that the Kitchen Witch is NOT a potato salad kind of girl. I have this mayo hate issue that I just can't seem to get past...and cold potatoes, well lets just say there's not much to potato salad for me to like. That is until I tried this one. I've adapted it from America's Test Kitchen. I liked the techinque they used of pouring pickle juice and mustard over the hot potatoes, the potatoes absorb this flavorful liquid as they cool, so each potato piece is seasoned. That intrigued me.

Lets just review real quick like, shall we? The Kitchen Witch does not like the following things:
Mustard (I know, I know, I try to like it but its just not my thing I'm sad to say)
cold potatoes
celery seed

And yet this recipe has all of these in it. (Well except the mayo, I used Greek yogurt this time, awesome! I have made it with mayo as well and even then it was delicious.) So its chock full of all sorts of ingredients that on their own I don't like. At all. But for some strange reason of cooking Witchcraft, when combined into this potato salad, well they are a symphony of flavors that compliment each other perfectly. And this is from a tried and true potato salad hater.

Try this one, I'm pretty sure you'll be glad you did!

Potato Salad
makes about 6 servings
4 large or 6 small red potatoes, peeled & diced into 1/2 in cubes (Yukon golds are good too)
1/2 red bell pepper finely diced
1/4 small onion, finely diced
2 large dill pickles, finely diced
1 small rib celery, finely diced
4 hard boiled eggs, diced
3 T yellow mustard
½ c pickle juice
1/4 c Greek yogurt
2T sour cream
1/2 t celery seed

Boil potatoes in heavily salted water about 7-9 min or until done but still firm. DO NOT OVER BOIL or they will fall apart.

While potatoes cook mix mustard & pickle juice w/ about 1 t kosher salt and 1/8 t ground pepper, set aside until potatoes are cooked.

When potatoes are tender and no longer crunchy inside, drain them then pour onto a sheet pan. Pour mustard mix over potatoes, stiring to coat all sides. Allow potatoes to cool at least 1 hour.

While potatoes cool chop all veggies and set aside.

Once potatoes are cooled mix the yogurt, sour cream, celery seed & a pinch of kosher salt & a few grinds of pepper until smooth & creamy.

In a large bowl add potatoes (drain off any excess mustard liquid, there shouldn't be much as the potatoes absorb this flavoring) and diced veggies. Mix well to incorporate. Add the dressing, stir well to coat potatoes in creamy sauce. Top with diced eggs & serve.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople Recipe Calculator
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191.3
Total Fat 4.7 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 143.1 mg
Sodium 630.6 mg
Potassium 699.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.9 g
Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
Sugars 2.7 g
Protein 10.1 g


Michelle said...

Pickle juice? Fabulous!!! Okay, Kitchen Witch. I'm counting on you. I need to serve tater salad to my in-laws on Saturday, and I'm serving this one! :o)

Michelle J said...

Pickle juice used to be my "secret ingredient" in my potato salad. I also throw a little fresh or dried dill weed and some Old Bay seasoning on mine.

Great, now I'm hungry for BBQ and potato salad. Thanks alot, Andrea! ;)

Jenn said...

I love potato salad!! And I'm always looking for a new ways to make it. This is similar to mine, but not quite. It's getting so warm here, summer is really knocking at our door...grilled steaks or even burgers, the Kitchen Witch's potato salad....mmmmmm, can't wait!

Scuttleboose said...

Wow, potato salad with Greek yogurt... how inventive!!! :)

Tonya said...

Is this the potato salad we had when I was out there in August? I think it is. If so, I was amazing! I totally agree on hating potato salad normally. There has only ever been ONE other potato salad in my life that I liked!

Ashleigh said...

This looks so good!! I'm excited about it!!

Staci Reynolds said...

I have had is THE best ever, hands down.

Scuttleboose said...

I'm making this for Easter with the in-laws today, and so far it's looking great! :) (Yay for in-law points!)

Lea Ann said...

And here I didn't think there was a single potato salad hater in these United States of America, but your list kinda takes care of all the good things about it. :) I've always put pickle juice in my potato salad, love the zing it adds. I just made a pasta salad and poured about a T. of it in. Love it for these types of dishes.

Jenn said...

Ok, so I commented last time you posted this, but I have to comment again :) Love that you used Greek yogurt in this.. and although I'm a HUGE mayo fan, I have found that replacing it with yogurt from time to time can really add a little something to a dish!

Rosita Vargas said...

Woww....ensalada de papas es mi adoración te ha quedado estupenda,hugs,hugs.

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