Day 261 – Mamma’s Potato Salad

Hello Yearlings!

In my childhood there were many foods that I simply refused to touch, usually because they constituted of at least eighty-five percent mayonnaise or were some strange vibrant hue I’d only ever seen on the Simpsons. I also absolutely hate miracle whip, sweet pickles and any other sugar heavy way of ruining a good thing, which is what many a southern belle uses in her family recipe. As I got older I realized that food didn’t have to suck just because other people didn’t know how to make it the particular way that I liked it. Thankfully my mother waited the customary fifteen years before ever trying to serve me potato salad again and as it turns out not only do I really love potato salad, but I love my mothers recipe.

Traditionally speaking, as told in Baptist cookbooks everywhere, potato salad has about five hundred thousand ingredients. This isn’t something that I can get behind. I’m a bit of a purist so for me the simpler a recipe is the tastier it will be. Why add seven different seasonings when salt and pepper work just fine? My mothers potato salad channels more of a deviled egg sort of flavor, so adding a bit of smoked paprika over your individual serving once it’s all said and done wouldn’t be totally remiss. Other than that, I hope you’re all prepared for what is literally the simplest potato salad recipe on the planet.

This recipe couldn't be an freaking simpler. Boil your potatoes and your eggs until they're done to your satisfaction. Remove them of their casings and then cut all of your ingredients into roughly equivalent pieces. Add your mayo and mustard and stir everything around. Season to taste and serve.
This recipe couldn’t be an freaking simpler. Boil your potatoes and your eggs until they’re done to your satisfaction. Remove them of their casings and then cut all of your ingredients into roughly equivalent pieces. Add your mayo and mustard and stir everything around. Season to taste and serve.

Ingredients:

4 boiled russet potatoes

5 boiled eggs

1/4 cup mayo

1 heaped tablespoon mustard, her recipe calls for brown which is a more complex flavor but all I had was yellow “hot dog mustard” and it worked just fine

1 handful of pimento stuffed green olives

Salt and pepper to taste

I could see a lot of variations working out great in this recipe. I think it would be great with dill or green onions. Chili pepper, garlic flakes or onion powder would not be a bad idea either. The great thing about a delicious and incredibly simple recipe is that you can add onto it however you want. I’m really glad that this recipe eventually came back around and that I got to realize just how much I love a good homemade potato salad.

Everyone say thank you mom!

Lots of Love,

Maya

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