Sunday, April 17, 2011

How To Peel A Boiled Potato AND My Favorite Potato Salad Recipe

Who knew it could be so easy?

Not me, obviously.

I've spent many years doing it the hard way... boiling the potatoes, let them cool (or burn your hands if you don't have time for that) and peel, then chop.

Then I got smart and started doing it the easy way...  peeling them first, chopping them in bite sized pieces, then boiling them. Just had to be careful not to boil them too long or you'll have mushy potato salad... or mashed potatoes.

Well, apparently there is an even easier way to peel a potato. It was just kept secret from me all these years.

Now, I haven't tried this myself yet, but I certainly plan to. It could save me a lot of work. Looks like it works in the video, and if "Mary Ann" form Gilligan says it works, then I plan to give it a try. You know... she is from Idaho.

Check this out..

How cool was that?

Well... since I just showed you how easy it is to peel a potato, I guess I should tell you how to make my favorite potato salad.

Spring is in the air, so you know that means picnics, potlucks, and bbq's are just around the corner. And somebody has to bring the potato salad!

This recipe was adapted from a clone of KFC Potato Salad. The original came from Top Secret Recipes. (Visit their site... there's a lot of great recipes there.) I changed it just a bit and have been using it for years now. Here's my version:

My Favorite Potato Salad

2 pounds potatoes
1 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder
1-2 teaspoons mustard
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 Tablespoon minced celery
1 Tablespoon chredded carrot
1/4 teaspoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon pepper
dash of salt

Peel potatoes and dice into bit-sized pieces. Place in a pot with enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Boil potatoes until they are still slightly firm in the center. Drain potatoes and rinse with cold water.

In a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Place potatoes in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the top and mix until all potatoes are well covered.

Cover and cool in the fridge.

Serves 8.

My daughter and I always fight over the potato salad. We both love it... I like it really cold, and she likes it hot, right out of the pot. Either way it's really good.

Happy Cooking!
Mary Ann :)


Velvet Ann Blodgett said...

Unbelievable.....Why didn't you post this years ago...LOL

Mary Ann said...

Haha... I wish I'd known this years ago! It was a well kept secret! :)


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