Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mom's Potato Salad

Potatoes are comforting. Perhaps it's all the starch. But there's no other food that, all by itself, just lends itself to so many incarnations - all of them lovable. Who doesn't have great feelings of fondness towards fries, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, hash browns, etc.?

I kind of feel that way about my mom's potato salad. Being Chinese, we were never that big on potatoes, except for the summertime, when my mom made potato salads for picnics.

First, peel and chop up a couple of potatoes. Relatively small, but not so much so that they'll disintegrate after boiling.

Bring salted water to a roiling boil. (See, told you rice cookers weren't just for rice.) Drop the potatoes in.

Once the potatoes get cooked to the point where they break apart when they are poked with a fork, cut the heat and drain the potatoes.

Add 2 tablespoons of sweet relish, a couple of hard boiled eggs (diced), a tablespoon of mustard (Dijon would be good here, but regular yellow is just fine), and a couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise. I didn't have any relish on hand, so I just chopped up some sweet pickles.

Mix it all together thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Simple, but good! For some variety, you might want to try some of the spicy relishes or chutneys as an alternative to the sweet relish.

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