Wednesday, June 30, 2010

All-American Potato Salad

Note that this recipe calls for celery seed, not celery salt; if only celery salt is available, use the same amount but omit the addition of salt in the dressing. When testing the potatoes for doneness, simply taste a piece; do not overcook the potatoes or they will become mealy and will break apart. The potatoes must be just warm, or even fully cooled, when you add the dressing. If you find the potato salad a little dry for your liking, add up to 2 tablespoons more mayonnaise.

2 lbs (3-4 medium) russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 in. cubes
2 T distilled white vinegar
1 medium celery rib, chopped fine
2 T minced red onion
3 T sweet pickle relish
1/2 cup mayonnaise (see note)
3/4 tsp powdered mustard
3/4 tsp celery seed
2 T minced fresh parsley leaves
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cubes (optional)

1. Place potatoes in large saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; add 1 Tbls salt, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring once or twice, until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes.
2. 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.
3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together celery, onion, pickle relish, mayonnaise, powdered mustard, celery seed, parsley, pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt. Using rubber spatula, gently fold dressing and eggs, if using, into potatoes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Serve. (Potato salad can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)

This recipe is from Cooks Illustrated.

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