In my last few weeks in the UK, there were quite a few things to celebrate – my nephews’ birthdays, jubilee barbecues and farewell lunches. Aside from my standard Corn & Bean Salsa, potato salad has become one of my regular contributions. This is such a classic favorite of mine as my mom always made a huge bowl of it for family barbecues – specifically around the 4th of July. I’m going to make a huge assumption and say that for Americans it’s a given that potato salad will have eggs in it. It adds flavor and color and just wouldn’t be potato salad without it. But this is a novelty for my British family and friends. It went down very well though and I kept telling everyone it’s so easy to make. So I thought I’d share a couple of recipes.
- For the Brits – here’s a recipe from Food Network UK
- A simple recipe from MyRecipes.com
- A fancier recipe from Martha Stewart
The great thing about potato salad though is that it’s not a dish you need to measure. There’s no right combination really as I think it’s really down to preference. Some like it creamier, some like it spicier with more mustard, etc. My basic ingredients are:
- Potatoes (I prefer baby new potatoes, skin on)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Red/white onion or celery
- Chives or spring/green onion
- Mayonnaise and/or (British) salad cream and/or sour cream
- Dijon mustard (or English mustard if need be)
- Lots of salt & pepper
Boil the potatoes until they fall off a knife when you poke into one. There are a couple of ways to boil the eggs. One way is to put them in cold water, bring it to a boil, switch off the heat, cover and let sit for 10-12 minutes. Drain and fill with cold water to cool before peeling. Finely dice the onion or celery and chives. Go light on the mustard at first as it’s quite strong. For all the ingredients, just add to your taste preference and enjoy! To present this at a buffet or at a party, transfer it to a clean bowl and sprinkle with chives. My mom always covered the top with thin slices of hard boiled egg. This is best chilled before serving.
Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans!