Mama's Potato Salad Recipe
- 3 to 3-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 10 medium)
- 6 hard-cooked eggs
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Additional hard-cooked eggs, sliced
- 1. In a large kettle, cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and cool. Peel potatoes; cut into chunks. Separate egg yolks from whites. Set yolks aside. Chop whites and add to potatoes with onion.
- 2. In a small bowl, mash yolks. Stir in mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over potatoes; toss well. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Spoon into a serving bowl. Garnish with egg slices and paprika. Chill until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Test Kitchen Tips
1 cup: 231 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
Reviews for Mama's Potato Salad
"This was good. I subbed onion powder for the chopped onion so it wouldn't overpower and added a bit of sweet relish and celery seed. Thumbs up!"
"I feel like if I would have omitted the milk, sugar and vinegar it would've been sooo much better. It was extremely runny even after refrigerated."
"We Really Love this version. Reminds me a lot of the potato salad I had growing up in Oklahoma."
"Too sweet! But I like this recipe and will make it again. Next time I will reduce the sugar to 2 tablespoons.. I will also add some things to give it a little color. Probably a couple sliced green onions and a can of sliced olives. Good salad and less work than my old way of making potatoes salad."
"Excellent Penn-Dutch style potato salad. I made 1-1/2 times the dressing for 14 potatoes, but kept the sugar at 1/4 cup. A definite keeper!"
"Very good recipe, had many complements on this potato salad!"
"My mother made a potato salad that was very similar to this recipe with the exception of the evaporated milk. This is a great retro recipe for potato salad that I tried for memorial day with my church family and friends. The only addition I made was tossing in a small can of sliced black olives,and a ample sprinkling of paprika."
"I don't like the taste of evaporated milk, I use cream. The rest is the same. Delish!!"
"Fantastic! Very similar to what my mom made when I was a kid. Made it last night, and will make it again. Thank you!"
"I haven't tried it yet but I have never heard of evaporated milk added so it would fun to try"
"I made a test run of this recipe and my family decided it would be the one we use for the holiday. It is very good."
"This is the first time I have ever seen a recipe where the yolks are beaten into the dressing. Very good. I did put sweet pickles in it though, just a few."
"My family loves this potato salad, it has become the only one I make now"
"There are thousands of potato salad recipes, some excellent some so so. This one wasn't my favorite but I stuck to the recipe only I didn't garnish with egg. Not saying it wasnt good, I just prefer my version."
"This is one I've made countless times I the last 50 years. I do leave out the vinegar as my husband always complains about the least amount o vinegar in something."
"This is almost identical to my potato salad. The only difference is I cook my potatoes the night before and after peeling and cutting them up, I pour a small amount of Italian salad dressing over the warm potatoes and refrigerate. Add everything else the next day. Really gives the potatoes a good flavor."
"Is this a universal recipe? My mother and grandmother made it this way. Occasionally would add some chopped green or red pepper."
"Just like my family has made for as long as I can remember"
"I made this potatoe salad today and it was great! Everyone loved it. Thanks"
"Very good but l just couldn't put all that sugar in. I made 11/2 times the recipe with 2 times the dressing. I put in some chopped chives for colour. I put in 1 tbsp of sugar. Janet. FE"
"This was how my Gram made hers - and in 33 years I have yet to find one that compares. Thank you for posting this!"
"it was a hit with my family."
"The evaporated milk is an unusual addition, but I'll give it a go. You could also make it with plain yogurt instead of milk or salad cream instead of mayo and the other ingredients."
"I wasn't crazy about the consistency. The flavor was good but I made this early afternoon, and when it was time to eat it, the mayo sauce had turned a LOT thinner than it was when I first made it. I was embarrassed; even though it wasn't tasting bad, the thin sauce was not how I had expected it to be. I will not make it again."
"Very yummy salad! I did think the sauce needed more salt, and I added some dill. And letting it sit really helped the flavours blend - this technique of adding mashed egg yolks to the dressing is really good and different."
"This is a great classic potato salad recipe. Even better the second day. I left out the evaporated milk because I didn't have any and added a tbs of sweet relish."
"My husband and I loved it. I left out the evaporated milk because we didn't have any, and used red potatoes. Yum yum yum."
"This potato salad was just ok, which surprised me after reading all of the great reviews. It seemed to be missing something. I have several other recipes that I prefer over this one."
"I just finished making this, took my first taste. It was AWESOME! Will make again and again."
"This is the potato salad recipe I've been looking for! It's delicious!"
"This is the way my mom always made it. Love it!"
"Very good. Will make it again. My husband is very picky when it comes to potato salad. He really liked this one. I did add a little more mayo and mustard than what the recipe called for."
"My mom passed away without writing down the recipe and this is as close to what she made as I have ever found. I take it everywhere I go and it is always devoured!"
"Best potato salad ever - just like my husband's mama makes. Now that's saying something!"
"This recipe is fantastic!! Made it just the way it was written and I wouldn't change a thing!!"
"This is how our family makes potato salad........we don't use the evaporated milk, however. We also add some celery seed and chopped celery."
"Oh my goodness, I love this recipe! It's better then my mothers tator salad, but don't tell her I said that :)"
"sounds like the way my mom made it also.simple is the best way. if its not broken lol"
"Sounds like mine, except no evaporated milk, and add a little celery seed."