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Creamy Old-Fashioned Potato Salad

I've been making this comforting salad since I was old enough to help Mom in the kitchen. —Karen Taylor-Guthrie, Cedar Point, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Cook: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    22 servings


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 5 pounds red potatoes
  • 12 hard-boiled large eggs
  • 3 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in vinegar and mustard. Cool without stirring to room temperature.
  • Cut potatoes into 1/2-in. cubes; place in a large kettle and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse in cold water and drain again.
  • Set aside one hard-boiled egg for garnish; chop the remaining eggs. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, chopped eggs, celery and onion. Whisk the mayonnaise, pepper and remaining salt into cooled milk mixture. Pour over potato mixture; toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with reserved egg.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 285 calories, 20g fat (3g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 500mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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