Absolutely nothing says summer, picnic and BBQ like a creamy potato salad. There are so many variations of making potato salad that it can be a bit confusing if you’re looking for a good recipe to follow. I’ll be honest and say from the start that I’m NOT a fan of potato salad and I never paid much attention to when our mom would make this as part of our huge Sunday lunch on the islands. However, your ‘boi’ have real skills, so you know the little I remember, combined with my creative side… I’ve come up with a wonderful potato salad to share with you.
6 large Potato (I like Yukon Gold)
1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 can peas and carrots
1 1/2 cups mayo
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1 small red onion diced (1/3 cup)
1/2 cup celery
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard powder
4 sweet gherkins
5 eggs (hard boiled)
* optional- chopped dill and or seasoning peppers (pimento)
Notes: The prep time is the main time consumer in making this potato salad, since we’ve got to cool things down in the fridge before assembling. Also remember that since there’s mayo in this recipe, try and keep it cool if you’re transporting it to a party, beach or picnic.
Let’s start by getting the hard boiled eggs ready. This tip here will guarantee that you have perfectly boiled eggs every time. Place 5 eggs in a deep pan, pour in cool water and bring to a boil. As soon as you start seeing bubbles along the edges of the pan, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let that remain as it is for 17 minutes (try to be precise). after 17 minutes, pour out that water, add cold water to stop the cooking process.. then pour that out and add cool water. After a minute the now fully cooked eggs should be cool enough to handle (peel). Try it and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Next up it’s time to peel, wash and cube the potato. I love using Yukon Gold potatoes, but you’re free to use whatever kind you like. I tried to cube the potato into 3/4 inch pieces and make sure to not over-cook them or they will not hold it’s shape when we assemble it all. It’s normal to have them break apart a bit, but we still need to have some texture. After they’re cooked (8-12 minutes), drain well and set in a bowl.. place in the fridge to cool down.
When dicing the celery stalk, run the knife down the middle of the stalk a few time (lengthwise), then chop into a fine dice. the idea is to have a little texture and not huge pieces of the celery. The same can be said about the gherkins and red onion – fine dice is key here.
In a small bowl place the black pepper, salt, mustard powder (use prepared mustard if you have that), mayo, vinegar and chopped gherkins, then give it a good whisk to combine everything. Place that in the fridge to cool down as well.
Your eggs should be cool and peeled by now. All you have to do here is decide how large the pieces of eggs should be in your potato salad and begin chopping. Place that in a bowl and chill as well.
Time to assemble everything. In a large bowl place the cooked cubed potato, add the eggs, chopped celery, onion, peas and carrots (be sure to drain and rinse under cool water and drain) and 1/2 of the paprika. Now add the creamy base we created earlier in heaping spoonfuls to make it easier to blend in.
Start with a sort of folding action and start combining everything. Try to your best to incorporate everything.. taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly. Empty into your serving container and top with the remaining paprika.. adds a nice touch! Remember if you want you can add some chopped dill and pimento peppers to give this potato salad an added kick.
This is one of those (rare) recipes where you won’t see me use scotch bonnet peppers or anything with real raw heat, however the paprika will give it a nice smokey flavor and the gherkins will give it that sort of pickled punch.. trust meh! You’ll love it. Remember to keep cool or it can go bad very fast in the summer’s heat.