It’s Summer in Idaho. With Summer comes Picnics. With Picnics comes Potato Salad.
I make a lot of potato salad. I’m getting weary of making potato salad!
If you think I’m being melodramatic, believe what you will, but it’s a fact. My potato salad has earned it’s way into The Potato Salad Hall of Fame, but that means every picnic or party I’m invited to, it’s expected that I’ll bring a big bowl of smashed goodness. I’ve wondered if that is the reason I’m invited in the first place…..hmmm.
Last Summer, I made potato salad for 300 people. Last month I made it for 150 people.
That’s a lot of potato salad!
I’ve shared the recipe with hundreds-literally. This week alone, with the Fourth of July approaching, I’ve had quite a lot of requests for the recipe.
This recipe is not a secret. I have absolutely no desire to make enough potato salad for all of humanity, so that being said, I give you:
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
(Warning: In the kitchen, I have a tendency to dump and pour…a smidge here, and a little there. All amounts are approximate.)
5# Red Potatoes-skin on, cooked, mashed lightly
5 Hard Boiled Eggs-mashed
1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese-grated
1 c. Bacon-cooked & crumbled
1 c. Dill Pickles-cut into small chunks.
1/2 c. Onions- cut into small chunks and lightly saute’d.
1 1/2-2 c. Best Foods Mayo-more if needed
Splash of Dill Pickle Juice
Salt & Pepper
Mix all together, sprinkle more cheese on top. Enjoy!
A few things one must know if they wish to attain the flavor of my potato salad:
1. I never, never add raw onions….never!
2. I never add celery….for any reason!
3. I never use mustard. If I did, I have people who would disown me.
4. I never use sweet pickles or relish….never in a million years!
5. I never use Miracle Whip. To do so, would be un-American!
If you chose to add any of the above ingredients, someone will knock on your door, and your license to make potato salad, will be swiftly revoked.
Happy Independence Day!!