You'll love this recipe for Classic Potato Salad. It's the perfect summer side dish. Three special ingredients make this a standout: sour cream, a splash of dill pickle juice and Russian-style dill pickles. All those things, plus unpeeled red potatoes and you have yourself a family favorite right here.
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Ingredients to Have on Hand
- Red potatoes
- Red onion
- Sour cream
- Dill pickles, Russian style is delicious
Top Tips and FAQ
Yes, pretty much any type of fresh potato will work great. I prefer red potatoes for this particular recipe because I like to leave the peels on and the red variety has a thin, light peel.
I've made this with Russets and it's delicious! But I recommend peeling the potatoes before boiling them if you use that variety.
Russian dills have a spicy bite and are jarred with garlic, so that variety of pickle adds a bit of zest to the potato salad. Some grocery stores do sell them, but it's more common to find them in speciality food stores.
This recipe is terrific with any type of dill pickle so by all means use whatever variety is your family's preference.
How to Boil Eggs
Boiling eggs is a snap. Just place the eggs in a pan and add enough water to cover the eggs completely.
Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for about a minute. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Allow the eggs to continue cooking in the hot water for about 15-20 minutes. Next, drain the water and add ice cubes to the pan.
Once the ice is melted, the eggs should peel easily.
Cool the Potatoes
The potatoes don't need to be completely chilled, but after draining the water off, return the potatoes to the pan and take some of the heat off of them by placing the pan on ice.
Spread several cups of ice in a separate shallow pan or bowl and place the pan with the cooked potatoes on top of the ice.
If you use Russian style dill pickles dice one of the garlic cloves that you'll find in the bottom of the jar and add it to your potato salad.
It adds just one more bit of garlicky tang to the sauce.
My Grandma Berk started it all, she made delicious potato salad. It was a staple side dish at any family gathering, often on Sunday afternoons at her house. My Auntie Faye and Auntie Jean also had their unique spin on potato salad. Auntie Faye liked to add a few tablespoons of ranch dressing.
Let me know what you think of this family favorite recipe, oh and be sure to use Idaho potatoes for the best-tasting spuds - in my personal opinion.
More Comfort Food
Classic Potato Salad is certainly classic comfort food, and here's another favorite recipe that I think you'll love. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese! The butternut cheese sauce is silky and creamy and includes seasonings that are light and just a bit nutty. It's an impressive meatless main dish, or a rich side dish.
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