Julia’s American-Style Potato Salad

Julia’s American-Style Potato Salad
Epicurious | October 2009

2 pounds red gold potatoes, or other waxy, boiling potatoes
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/3 cup chicken stock or potato-cooking water
2/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
3 or 4 slices crisply cooked bacon, chopped or crumbled
2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped pickle, sweet or dill
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced thin
3 tablespoons or so finely chopped fresh chives or scallions, including a bit of their tender green
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 cup or so mayonnaise
Sour cream (optional)

For garnishing
Crisp whole red-leaf or other lettuce leaves
Canned red pimiento, diced; sliced hard-boiled eggs; tomato quarters; parsley sprigs (optional)

Peel the potatoes and slice each one lengthwise in half, or in quarters if very large; then cut crosswise into half-round or quarter- round slices, about 1/2 inch thick .

Put the slices in a saucepan with water just to cover and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt per quart of water. Heat to a simmer, and cook the potatoes for 5 to 6 minutes, or until just cooked through. It is essential that they be just cooked through. Bite into a slice or two to be very sure. Immediately remove from the heat and drain the potatoes into a colander, but save a cup of the cooking liquid for dressing the potatoes. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Stir the cider vinegar with 1/3 cup of the potato water or chicken stock and drizzle this over the potato pieces, turning them gently to distribute it evenly. Let sit 10 minutes to absorb the liquid.

Add the prepared onion, celery, bacon, pickle, hard-boiled eggs, and chives, and season carefully to taste. Top with 2/3 cup of mayonnaise (or a mix of mayonnaise and a bit of sour cream) and, with a large rubber spatula, gently fold everything together until well blended. Taste the salad and add more salt, pepper, or mayonnaise as needed. Cover the salad and set aside in the refrigerator for at least an hour or so before serving. If it is refrigerated longer, let it come back to room temperature before serving. Taste and adjust the seasoning again. Serve with optional garnishes if desired.

Dilly Potato Salad

Dilly Potato Salad

3 pounds potatoes, washed
2 cucumbers, sliced thin (1/16”)
3 ears of corn, kernels cut off of cobs
1/2 cup pecans, toasted
1/2 bunch of dill, finely chopped
1/2 cup yogurt
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss the sliced cucumbers in 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, set aside. Place whole potatoes in large stock pot with several quarts of cool water, so that the water covers the potatoes by a couple inches. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are just tender enough to easily insert a paring knife. Drain the potatoes and let cool for 5 minutes. While still warm cube them into large chunks with a serrated knife to avoid rubbing the skins off. Combine all the ingredients and stir gently, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Pesto Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad

2 pounds red potatoes, boiled until just tender when pokesd with a knife, sliced into 1/2 inch chunks
1 cup packed, washed and spun dry arugula leaves
1 cup packed basil leaves
2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmeasan
1 garlic clove, crushed

Cook the potatoes, slice and cool them slightly. In a blender purée the arugula with the nuts, the oil, the Parmesan, the garlic, and salt and pepper to taste, add the pesto to the potatoes, and combine the salad well. You could also add some sliced radishes to this dish.

Potato Salad with Parsley and Peas

Potato Salad with Parsley and Peas

2 lb small red potatoes
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup clean, chopped sugar snap peas
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

Cover potatoes with cold salted water in a 3-quart saucepan, then simmer, covered, until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

While potatoes are cooking, whisk together vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper in a large serving bowl.
Drain potatoes and halve or quarter if desired. Add to vinegar mixture while warm and toss to coat. Add oil, peas, and parsley and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm or at room temperature.