Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Party Series - Potato Salad

Here is yet another potato salad for my blog! There are just so many good combos out there, I have yet to decide my favorite. This recipe is my mom's favorite and she makes it quite often. It is Ina Garten's recipe. It was a hit at the party!

3 pounds small red potatoes
Kosher salt
1 cup good mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk, milk, or white wine (we just use milk)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red onion

Place the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a knife. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place the colander with the potatoes over the empty pot and cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Allow the potatoes to steam for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, dill, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Set aside. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them into quarters or halves, depending on their size. Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, pour enough dressing over them to moisten. (As the salad sits, you may need to add more dressing.) Add the celery and red onion, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Toss well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve cold or at room temperature.

This is a very creamy salad and my mom makes lots of dressing with it.
The dill and the whole grain mustard gives it a fresh taste. We made tons of this and kept the big trays of it in the refrigerator and kept filling the serving bowl (see below) as needed.
I've found that I love keeping the skin on the potatoes for the salad - it looks more colorful which makes it more appetizing (to me, anyway) and you don't have to peel the potatoes!
We made this 2 nights before the party so the flavors were mixed nicely. If you're lucky, you'll have some left over from your party to snack on later!

Photo by Bec.

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