Classic Southern Style Potato Salad – This timeless favorite, the Classic Southern Style Potato Salad recipe captures the essence of comfort and flavor found in the American South. Prepared with tender Yukon Gold potatoes, boiled eggs and a creamy and tangy dressing this potato salad truly steals the spotlight as a side dish. Whether you’re organizing a summertime barbecue, planning a picnic or simply yearning for some comfort food you absolutely must give this potato salad recipe a try.
When I first whipped up this Classic Southern Style Potato Salad I was hosting a barbecue, with loved ones. As soon as I placed the bowl on the picnic table nostalgia filled the air along with hints of tradition. My husband and kids couldn’t resist taking a sneak peek before our meal even began; their smiles spoke volumes about how I had nailed it. Since then this recipe has become a part of our family gatherings—bringing not only warmth and love but also an authentic taste of the South to every special occasion.
What makes this Classic Southern Style Potato Salad truly special?
Take your side dish game to heights by embracing this Classic Southern Style Potato Salad that flawlessly blends tradition with taste. The star of this dish is undoubtedly our tangy dressing which expertly balances relishes sweetness, with mustard’s kick. Moreover, the use of tender Yukon Gold potatoes ensures a buttery and melt-in-your-mouth experience while adding Tony Chachere’s seasoning provides a twist that elevates its appeal even further. This potato salad isn’t simply a side dish; it’s the centerpiece of any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a summer BBQ, picnic or intimate family dinner its fast and effortless preparation elevates it to a standout creation. Experience the essence of nostalgia. Embrace the flavors with each delightful mouthful.
What You Need To Make This Classic Southern-Style Potato Salad Recipe?
Potatoes: Opt, for Yukon Gold potatoes as they have a velvety texture, plus a thin skin that saves you time on peeling and adds a texture to the salad.
Mayonnaise: You can use your favorite brand of mayonnaise but choosing a high quality one can noticeably enhance the flavor and creaminess.
Mustard: Yellow mustard brings that classic tangy kick to the dressing. Adjust the amount according to your personal taste preferences.
Sweet Relish: Sweet relish imparts a sweetness and bursts of flavor. If you prefer sweetness you can substitute it with dill relish instead.
Red Wine Vinegar: This vinegar provides an acidity that balances out the richness of the mayonnaise while complementing the potatoes.
Tony Chacheres Seasoning: This seasoning blend adds a Cajun-inspired flavor. If you’re unable to find it feel free to substitute with your favorite seasoning salt or even just a hint of paprika and cayenne for some added heat.
Eggs: Fresh eggs are crucial for achieving that boiled egg texture and flavor when adding them to the salad.
Celery: Adding both crunchiness and a mild earthy taste celery perfectly complements the dressing and potatoes.
Green Onions: These lend an onion flavor along, with pops of color. If you like you can opt for regular onions instead make sure to use an appropriate amount so that it doesn’t overpower the salad.
Steps To Make Classic Southern-Style Potato Salad:
Step 1: Here’s what you’ll need; 3 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes. These potatoes work well because they have a texture and leaving the skin on adds flavor and texture. Cut them into one-inch cubes.
Step 2: Now here’s a tip; give those potato pieces a rinse, under cool water using a colander. This will remove some of the starch. Prevent them from becoming too sticky. Place them in a pot cover them with water add a teaspoon of salt and bring it to a boil.
Step 3: Boil the potatoes until they’re tender but not mushy – this should take ten minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when a fork can easily slide in. Drain them. Give them another rinse, with cool water to chill down.
Step 4: While the potatoes are cooking, let’s move on to preparing some eggs. Take two eggs place them in a pot cover them with water and bring it to a boil. After boiling for one minute turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let the eggs sit in the water for approximately 15 minutes. Then pour out the water. Replace it with cold water to give them a cooling bath. Once they have cooled down peel them. Give them a chop.
Step 5: Now let’s make that dressing. Take a bowl. Combine 3/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of mustard, 1 tablespoon of sweet relish, 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of Tony Chachere’s seasoning (or your favorite seasoning salt), and a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper. It’s like a party of flavors in a bowl!
Step 6: Dice two celery ribs (one cup). Slice some green onions.
Step 7: By now your potatoes should be ready. Place them in a bowl along, with the chopped eggs, celery sliced green onions, and the heavenly dressing we made. Mix everything together until it blends well and gets coated with that dressing.
Step 8: Now comes the fun part; if you prefer potato salad you can mash the potatoes slightly. It all depends on your preference!
Step 9: Don’t forget to be the taste tester! Adjust the amount of mustard or seasoning to make it your own flavorful masterpiece.
Step 10: There you have it – a dish of Classic Southern Style Potato Salad crafted with love and ready to be enjoyed.
If you’re organizing a picnic or potluck and would like to prepare this potato salad in advance combine all the ingredients together. Refrain, from including the dressing until, before serving. This ensures that the salad remains fresh and avoids it becoming overly moist. Your taste buds will appreciate the added crispness and flavor!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I make this potato salad in advance?
Absolutely! In fact, it’s more delicious when made hours or even a day, in advance as it allows the flavors to blend together.
Can I use russet potatoes instead of Yukon Gold?
Certainly! While Yukon Gold potatoes are recommended for their texture you can easily substitute them with russet potatoes.
What should I serve with this potato salad?
This versatile side dish pairs with grilled meats, sandwiches, or, as part of a picnic spread.
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