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My recipe for Southern Potato Salad for Authors in Bloom.
This recipe feeds a lot of people! Great for church functions or family outings.
Southern Potato Salad
Feeds approximately 20-25 people
10 lbs. Red Potatoes (peeled or not, your preference) dice small
1 extra large Red Onion diced small (Buy an extra small red onion, in case you need more)
4 large stalks celery (including tops) Slice thinly or you can dice very small
2 8 oz. jars cubed dill pickles (Not sweet) (can use dill relish, but not as tasty) Drain well
3 or 4 tbsp. salt
4 level tbsp. yellow mustard (or to taste)
5 or 6 large boiled eggs, refrigerate to cool.
About 4 cups mayo. You may need more mayo, depends on how dry the mix is once you fold into potatoes, celery, onion and pickles.
(I use Hellman’s. I believe it makes a taste difference. You don’t want a thin or sweet mayo)
Step 1: Add peeled (or not) diced potatoes to pot, cover with water, add 3 or 4 tbsp. salt. Bring to a boil, turn down to low to simmer for about 15 min. Check potato for doneness after 10 minutes with a fork. If getting soft, take off heat immediately and drain. Do not rinse. In a 2 gal. bowl, refrigerate potatoes to cool. Takes about 30 minutes or so. If some are a little warm, that’s okay. Fold potatoes over a couple of times with extra large spoon to help cool. Do not stir. They will be too much like mashed potatoes. You can still use, but won’t have a good potato texture.
Step 2: While potatoes are cooking, boil eggs, peel and separate whites from yolks. Dice or chop egg whites. Mash yolks, with a fork not a blender or the mixture will be gritty, into about 2 or 3 heaping tbsp. of mayo until smooth. (As you would for deviled eggs) Stir in 3 or 4 level tsp. mustard into mixture. In bowl, mix 4 cups mayo with the mustard mix, add egg yolk mixture, then fold in egg whites. Refrigerate.
Step 3: Drain 2 jars cubed Dill Pickles. Dice onions, and celery. Add all ingredients to mayo and mustard mixture. Refrigerate.
Step 4: After potatoes are cooled, remove from refrigerator. Using a spatula to get all the mixture from bowl, fold in mayo mixture to potatoes. Do not stir too hard, you’ll have mashed potato salad.
If you’re going to add more salt, add it to the mayo mix, so you won’t need to stir potatoes more than necessary. Do not add more than a tbsp. of salt to mayo, it’s salty, plus the pickles are salty. Add more to taste though, if needed.
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