At forty-something, I finally started learning some of my mother's southern recipes. It's tragic that I waited so long to start cooking because my mother is just amazing in the kitchen and her delicious dishes are famous among family and friends in Montgomery, AL. And just so ya know, it's kind of an unspoken honor to be invited to one of her dinners.
Mom makes the very best warm southern (not German, as she clarified) potato salad. She learned this recipe from my Grandmother, Mama Arledge. I hope you enjoy it as much as our family and friends do! Here goes (and keep in mind), I'm still learning.
MAMA D'S WARM SOUTHERN POTATO SALAD4 Idaho or Russet Potatoes
2 Eggs, Hard Boiled
1 Tablespoon of Butter
1 Cup Finely Chopped Dill Pickles
1 Cup Finely Chopped Celery
1 Cup Finely Chopped Onions (optional, I'm not a fan of raw onions)
1 Cup of Mayo
2 Tablespoons of Yellow Mustard
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
Wash and peel potatoes and cut into same size pieces (so they cook evenly). In a large pan add potatoes, two eggs, butter and cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender. Remove eggs and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, chop pickles, celery and onions to the same size pieces. After eggs are cooled, peel and chop. Drain water from potatoes and add chopped pickles, celery, onion and eggs to the boiled potatoes. Add mayo, mustard, salt and black pepper and stir all ingredients in the pan at once. It's important that you stir manually and not with a beater. The texture should be chunky and lumpy - not smooth. Workout those arms as you stir, people! Taste to add additional salt, pepper or mayo to your liking. I like the crunch of the celery and pickles and the potato flavor is carb-delicious!
Serve warm along side your main dish. Mary made her slow cooked Brisket and it was a big hit. Even my puppy, Samantha Montgomery enjoyed a bite :)
Side note: Mary already posted Mama D's Fried Chicken and Mama D's Snow Cream so try them. She will be posting more and if there's something else you are wanting to try, send Mary a comment (below) or send your own favorite family recipe. She'll even give you credit!