Today I went to a 25th anniversary party. It was basically a cook-out, as there was a grill and some really great hotdogs, but it was mainly pot luck for the rest. There were crockpots of pork barbeque, and of beans, and there was cole slaw and potato salad, crackers and cheese, chips and dip… and a really fabulous cake from a local bakery. I brought a huge pan of my mac & cheese and a pan of triple layer mint brownies. Both were a big success! Everyone was asking who made them, and I even wrote out the mac & cheese recipe for a lady who doesn’t do the internet. I passed out little cards to everyone else who asked, telling them how to find Grammy’s Treats and Eats. Go me!
I love bringing my recipes to people, getting them out of their kitchen comfort zone and trying new things.
Even though today was cold, damp, and rainy, I started thinking about this summer’s cookouts. One thing I always get asked to make is Red Potato Salad. It’s really good, a little different, and very popular! Even among non- potato salad eaters.
Start by washing and scrubbing 4 to 5 lbs red potatoes. If they are large, cut them in half. I usually use 2 pots to boil them. Place them in pot(s) and fill with enough cold water to cover by 2 inches. Salt generously. Bring to the boil, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes til soft but not mushy. Drain. Pour potatoes onto a large rimmed baking sheet or two, and allow to cool completely. Cube potatoes, but don’t skin them. Some will slough off, but don’t worry. Throw it all in a huge mixing bowl. Or the pot. Something big.
Now, in a small bowl, put 1-3/4C mayonnaise. Add 2t black pepper, and 1T celery salt. Whisk together well.
In another bowl, put 1 bunch celery, finely chopped, and 2 bunches scallions, finely sliced, white, light green, and a bit of the dark green parts. Pretty colors!
Add the celery and scallions to the potatoes. Use a large rubber spatula to lift and turn to combine. Don’t want to smush the potatoes. Add mayonnaise mixture, and use the same lifting and turning motions to thoroughly combine. Put in a big pretty bowl, cover with plastic, and chill well, at least 2 hours.
Sometimes I decorate it with quartered hard boiled eggs and a sprinkle or two of parsley and/or paprika. Sometimes not. Whatever mood strikes! My kids really like the eggs!
So my friends, let the cookout season begin! If it ever stops raining!