With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Hazel's Potato Salad

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hazel's Potato Salad

This is one of several recipes that my mother-in-law was known for and
is a favorite in our home.
She bravely made a potato salad that differed from her mothers. "Grandmom Elsie's" potato salad was and is the recipe preferred by most of the extended family.
It is, however, a bit flavorless and boring.
Hazel got this recipe from a co-worker who got it from the newspaper.
Our branch of the family thinks it is very good!

The addition of Sweet Gherkin pickles and a coarser chop for the
pickles and celery give it its flavor and crunch.
Another fall from family tradition is the preference for
"Miracle Whip"
over Mayonnaise.
Ah, what can I say. Mayo seems greasy and flavorless. Yuck!
As you can see the name of the recipe is "Perfect Potato Salad". I am not sure it was that originally or if Hazel gave it the name. I call it Hazel's Potato Salad in honor of her.

Hazel's Potato Salad
5 cups potatoes, peeled, cut into bite-size cubes and cooked until tender; drain and cool.
1 tsp salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. celery seed
2 tsps. vinegar
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup large chopped celery
1/2 cup sweet pickles chopped
1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip
4 hard boiled eggs

Combine all ingredients and toss gently until blended.
Here is Hazel in the middle of her two best friends/co-workers.
It was one of these ladies she got the recipe from.

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Mildred said...

How special to have Hazel's original recipe. Thanks for sharing with all of us. She and her friends looked so happy in the photo.
I have 5 girlfriends from college from different parts of the state of GA. Over the past 30 years, we have discovered that our mothers all made potato salad the same way!!!

Julie Harward said...

This is the recipe that my mom taught to me and I have made it all my life..so good! I think it's the pickles..Come say hi :D

Stephanie said...

This sounds great! I can't wait to try it!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It has all the ingredients of my favorite potatoe salad! Perfection!

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

Our favorite potato salad recipe comes from the local grocery store deli! lol Seriously, I've tried different homemade recipes but the one from the deli is hubby's favorite so I let myself off the hook and buy it instead. That said, this recipe does sound good.

Cassandra said...

Thank you, thank you for posting this - it is identical to my Indiana mom's recipe - also made with sweet pickles and Miracle Whip! I can hardly wait to try it! Cassandra ♥

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, sounds wonderful! I am printing the recipe right now! Thank you!!


Susan said...

Mmmmmm, sounds yummy LDH. If you make it, no doubt it's the best! Sincerely, Susan

marie said...

Sounds so good! I love that your recipes come with stories.

I alos love how pretty you food photos always are ~ nothing picnic about this potato salad!!

Ann said...

Well it looks pretty yummy to me. I love potato salad. I don't really follow any kind of recipe though, I normally just start throwing in what I have on hand. I like to toss in just a bit of pickle relish and mustard.

Rosabela said...

What a wonderful tribute to your beloved MIL! This potato looks soooo good. I'm going to make this very soon. Thanks for sharing!

Love the Decor! said...

I love potato salad and I bet the celery seed adds an unexpected pop of flavor.
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping over!

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