Monday, June 7, 2010

Russet Potato Salad

We all know that red potatoes are better for potato salad, right?

But what happens when you have a craving for potato salad and you've got a whole lot of russets because the last time you bought them, the big bag was on sale? You make potato salad anyway.

The trick is to cut them into bigger chunks than usual, because they'll break apart more when you start mixing. And mix as gently as you can.

This isn't my go-to recipe, but it's got the main points covered. This version was based on what was in my refrigerator and what I was in the mood for. All the measurements are estimates. Use your own judgement, and adjust to your taste

Russet Potato Salad

6 medium russet potatoes, boiled in their skins
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and roughly chopped
Salt, to taste
Cider vinegar, about 1 teaspoon.
Sweet pickle relish, about 2 tablespoons
Roasted red pepper, diced, about 1/4 of a pepper
Brown mustard, about a tablespoon
Mayonnaise, about 1/2 cup, and more as needed
Greek-style yogurt, about 1/4 cup
Frozen peas, about 1/3 cup

Peel the potatoes as soon as they're cool enough to handle. Chop them into large chunks (believe me, you'll have small pieces when you're done) and put them into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with salt, to taste, and sprinkle on the cider vinegar. Let them cool to room temperature before you continue.

Pile on all the additional ingredients, and mix gently. Taste for seasoning, and add more mayonnaise (or yogurt) depending on how creamy you like your potato salad. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.