Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sweet/Heat Pickled Potato Salad - 52 Do Ahead Side Dishes

I really LOVE a good potato Salad!  There are hundreds of vastly different recipes (I seem to try a different one about every other week).

But probably the most popular is the basic Yellow Mustard Tater Salad.  Well, this is a bit of a different take on the traditional.  With a strong hint of the vinegar pickle brine, and the sweet sugar added to that brine to make Bread and Butter pickles, this salad has the look of traditional with a little extra somethin' somethin' added.  There are also plenty of extra vegetables to add even more somethin' somethin' (like peppers, onions and celery).

Now, optionally, I added some minced Jalapeno.  Only a couple (5 pounds of potatoes vrs. only 2 jalapenos).  It certainly added some heat to the mix.  These are of course optional.  Know your audience.  If you are indeed cooking for a church, you may want to be careful with the "heat" and make this more crowd friendly.  Of course if you know that hot and spicy is what they want, go ahead and add the jalapenos, plus feel free to add a few drops of Tabasco sauce!

Like I said, this is one of my favorites, one of the tastiest of all my Potato Salads... guaranteed to be a HIT!

OK... Here's what I did...

Pickled Potato Salad

  • 5 pounds Red Potatoes, skin on, sliced and diced, Boiled
  • 6 Large Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Large Pinch Salt
  • 1-1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Bread And Butter Pickles, Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion, Minced
  • 1/2 Cup Green Bell Pepper, Minced
  • 1/2 Cup Celery, Minced
  • 1/4 Cup Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard
  • 2 TBS Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Juice and Zest of 1 Fresh Lemon
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2 Small Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and minced
  • OPTIONAL several drops of Tabasco Brand Hot Sauce to taste
  • For Garnish, generous dusting of McCormick Brand Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme Spice mix (Or just a generous sprinkle of Paprika for color)
Cooking Directions
  1. Boil sliced potatoes for about 15 minutes until cooked through and tender. Leave the skin on for flavor, texture, presentation and of course health reasons.
  2. Meanwhile, boil Eggs until hard boiled, start with a pan of cold water, add eggs, move to high heat and bring to boil. Cook total time from cold water to rapid boil, 15 minutes. Peel eggs and chop.
  3. Stir together mayonnaise and remaining ingredients (except Garnish.
  4. Gently stir Mustard mix and eggs into potatoes. Sprinkle with Salad Sprinkles or Paprika and refrigerate.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours allowing all the flavors to mix and mingle.
  6. Serve Chilled and Enjoy!!!

I actually made this twice this week.  First time to make sure it was as good as it sounded, served up at a back yard BBQ for a couple of my neighbors.

Second time was for an actual Church PotLuck meal.  Both times the dish was very popular!

Love this recipe!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


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