Summer is thankfully, quickly approaching. With summer comes backyard barbecues and family cookouts. While many foods are staple items, few are as common or as varied as potato salad. If you are thinking about your upcoming summer shindigs, then try the recipes contained below.
Americans love comfort food and few foods are as comforting as potatoes. Unfortunately, a hot potato in the summer is not all that comforting, so the potato salad is used instead. Potato salad will always contain potatoes, but the other ingredients are as varied as the cooks who create them. Try one of the recipes below for your next summer party.
Potato Salad with Feta Vinaigrette (Makes 8 cups)
2 pounds of red potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces; 2T red wine vinegar; ¼ C extra virgin olive oil, 1 T Dijon mustard; 2 T fresh oregano (chopped); ½ t salt; ¼ t pepper; ½ C pitted olives; 1 cucumber (chopped); ½ C chopped red peppers (roasted), 1 small green pepper (chopped); ½ C diced onion; 1 C feta cheese (crumbled); and ¼ C parsley
Steam the potatoes until tender. Whisk together vinegar, oil, Dijon, oregano, salt and pepper to make the dressing. Toss the potatoes with dressing while still warm and then allow to cool. After cool, stir in the remaining ingredients. Enjoy with your next barbecue.
All American Potato Salad
2 ½ pounds of medium boiling potatoes (your choice); salt and pepper; parsley (chopped and optional); 3 T cider vinegar (more or less to taste); 5 hard boiled eggs; 1 C mayonnaise; 2 T Dijon mustard; ½ sweet onions (finely chopped); 3 celery stalks (large); ¼ C chopped dill pickles.
Boil potatoes in salted cold water until just tender. Drain and cool to warm. With a sharp knife peel the warm potatoes and cut into 1/3 inch thick slices and immediately toss potatoes into vinegar. In a separate bowl, mash yolks (reserving whites) and stir in mayonnaise, mustard, and onion. Chop whites and celery and toss together with pickles. Garnish with parsley. Serve chilled or at room temperature, but keep chilled if outdoors because of the mayonnaise.