World's Best Potato Salad

World's Best Potato Salad

Do you like your potato salad with pickles or without?  Warm or cold?  With new potatoes, Yukon golds, waxy yellows, or something different altogether?  No matter how you like your potato salad, one thing's for sure -- it's the perfect summertime get-together food.  No cook-out, barbecue, or family reunion is complete without it.  So roll up your sleeves and get ready to make some incredible potato salad!

Traditional Potato Salad
Serves 6

3 large potatoes, peeled
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Boil your potatoes until soft (ask your grocer for suggestions on their finest potato for your salad).  Remove from water and let cool. Chop the potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes and mix together with chopped onions. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Pour mixture over potatoes and onions then toss lightly. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.  Refrigerate overnight if possible.

Potato Salad With Add-Ins

Do you love potato salad with fresh spring peas?  Pickles?  Spicy peppers or big chunks of ham?  Then this is the recipe for you.  Add in your favorite ingredients and enjoy.

2 pounds red-skinned potatoes, peeled, cut in 1/2-inch chunks
1 teaspoon salt
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1 cup ingredient of your choice (or a half cup each of two ingredients)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 to 3 teaspoons mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Boil your potatoes with salt until tender (about 15 to 20 minutes).  Remove from heat, drain, and let cool.  Chop the potatoes and add to a large mixing bowl.  Combine with eggs, onion, and your special ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and mustard. Gently stir into the potato mixture until blended. Add more mayonnaise, if desired. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.

German Potato Salad

This warm potato salad recipe is a classic.  Try it at your next family gathering!  Serves four people.

5 slices bacon, diced and cooked until crisp
2 tablespoons bacon drippings
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
4 cups sliced cooked potato

Cook bacon until crisp and set aside. Heat bacon drippings and blend in flour, sugar, salt, and mustard. Gradually add vinegar and water, stirring constantly until smooth. This is your hot bacon sauce.  Continue cooking over low heat, stirring, until thickened. In a large pot, boil the potatoes and let cool.  Chop them into 1/2 inch cubes or into 1/4 inch slices.  Add them to the warm sauce and heat through, gently stirring to mix. Sprinkle with extra bacon.
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