I make a very unique potato salad. Since I am giving up my recipe for my famous potato salad (probably only in my mind), for the first time ever, you have to humor me as I tell you the history of this dish. When I was in the 8th grade the Einsendel family moved in next door to us. This was a really big deal because Frank Einsendel was my age. We had seen enough movies that we knew all about “the boy next door”. I waited for romance to bloom. Alas, it was not to be; However, we were very good friends. When I graduated from high school in 1972 Gerda Einsendel, Frank’s mother, made potato salad for my graduation party. I remembered the delicious potato salad. In the late 70′s I recreated this dish from memory as I thought about the taste and what was in the potato salad. I have no idea if this is the way Gerda made her potato salad; However, I have used my version over the years. I have gotten many compliments on this dish. I pass it on to you in time for you to make it for Memorial Day.
8 all purpose potatoes
1 pound of smoked cottage ham, diced
8 green onions
1/2 cup diced dill pickles
2 cups of mayonaise
1/4 cup of dill pickle juice
1 Tablespoon of yellow mustard
Boil the potatoes for 45 minutes (until done), remove the potatoes and allow to cool. Peel the potatoes and use the side of a grater to thinly slice the potatoes. Put the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add the diced ham. Wash the green onions and trim off the roots. Dice up the green onions, stems and all. Add to the potatoes. Add the diced dill pickles to the Potatoes. Mix the dressing ingredients together with a whisk, and pour over the potato mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate overnight. You now have my famous potato salad. I used Farmer Brown’s green onions in this batch. I think it was my best ever. He will be at Sherman Provision on Saturday May 25th at 12:00 noon. Stop out for information on container gardening.
Have a safe Memorial Day. Remember those who sacrificed that we have the freedom to celebrate this day.
Until next time, From our Butcher Block to your Table.