We had a Valentine’s cold-plate potluck at work on Tuesday and I was assigned to make a potato-egg salad. And as the best one out there belongs to the Pioneer Woman, that’s the one I made, with some modifications of course. Ever since the grocery store down the block closed I have found myself without certain key ingredients at unfortunate times. Today, it was green onions. So I improvised.
Wash and cube about 5lbs potatoes. I used two different kinds, for the colour. You can peel them if you want, but I like the texture and flavour of potato skins so I left them in. Plop those in a large pot and boil them until they’re tender and mashable.
You’re also going to want to hard boil 4 eggs, through whatever method you use. When they’re ready, peel them up. Mine were pretty recalcitrant and refused to be peeled in a civilized manner. The shells would not come off without a fight.
I punished them through the vigor of my chopping (even if your eggs are well-behaved, you’ll still want to chop them up).
Finely chop as well half an onion (or 5 green onions).
And a handful of sweet pickles. You can use dills, if you prefer, but I think it’s better with the sweet ones.
In a bowl, mix together about 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise and 4 tablespoons mustard (I used a stone-ground dijon here, but you can use what you like).
In a wee bowl, arrange about 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. I also added 2 tablespoons dried chives, for colour, as I was missing the green onions.
I also had another wee dish of dried dill, for garnish.
So here is my mis en place.
Mash your boiled potatoes. I really like the colour combination of the white and yellow ones here.
Stir in your mayo/mustard mix.
Add in your eggs, onions, pickles, paprika, salt, and optional chives. Make sure to scrape the bottom so you get everything mixed in evenly.
Plop it in a serving dish. The best part about this potato salad is it’s good hot, warm, and cold.
Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and some dill, or whatever floats your boat. It’s not elegant, but it’s good!
3 thoughts on “Pioneer Potato Salad”
Sounds like a really tasty salad – never seen anything quite like it either, great flavours!
It’s definitely a very American-flavoured salad.