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Mama's Potato Salad Recipe
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Mama's Potato Salad Recipe

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This old-fashioned potato salad recipe doesn't have many ingredients, so it isn't as colorful as many that you find nowadays. But Mama made it the way her mother did, and that's the way I still make it today. Try it and see if it isn't one of the best-tasting potato salads you have ever eaten! —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 231 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

Directions

  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
  • To prevent potatoes from mushing out and losing their shape, add a small amount of vinegar to their cooking water: 1/2 teaspoon is plenty.
  • For salads, we find that firm and flavorful Yukon Golds, new potatoes and redskin potatoes yield great results. Starchier russet potatoes can work, but they tend to fall apart.
  • The beautiful thing about this type of salad is that it's very easy to customize. Start with half the amounts of ingredients such as sugar, mustard and vinegar, then adjust levels to your personal taste.
  • Originally published as Mama's Potato Salad in Reminisce July/August 1992, p33


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    gmachelle User ID: 8944722 265417
    Reviewed May. 1, 2017

    "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!"

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    Laurie73 User ID: 7632634 250305
    Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016

    "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."

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    C1PNR User ID: 87128 250120
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

    "We Really Love this version. Reminds me a lot of the potato salad I had growing up in Oklahoma."

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    sscovey User ID: 8108644 249095
    Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

    "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."

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    KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 248862
    Reviewed May. 31, 2016

    "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!"

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    hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 248827
    Reviewed May. 30, 2016

    "Very good recipe, had many complements on this potato salad!"

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    kmolina6 User ID: 8417293 248764
    Reviewed May. 29, 2016

    "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."

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    tsuop User ID: 6274346 248648
    Reviewed May. 26, 2016

    "I don't like the taste of evaporated milk, I use cream. The rest is the same. Delish!!"

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    LynCast User ID: 8483078 248646
    Reviewed May. 26, 2016

    "Fantastic! Very similar to what my mom made when I was a kid. Made it last night, and will make it again. Thank you!"

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    Marticook User ID: 1483683 248628
    Reviewed May. 25, 2016

    "I haven't tried it yet but I have never heard of evaporated milk added so it would fun to try"

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