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HappyKat’s famous potato salad
5 lbs clean medium to large red potatoes boiled in skins, cooled, peeled, and cubed - Optional, if you select potatoes with really clean skins you can
leave them on when you dice the potatoes. This gives the salad more color and more vitamins. (Note 1)
1 medium to large yellow onion diced medium fine. You could substitute a red salad onion for color and flavor. (Note 2)
1-1/2 lbs (1 pkg.) West Virginia brand thick sliced bacon cut into 1" pieces and fried until medium crisp and drained. If you cannot find West
Virginia brand bacon select another high quality thick sliced bacon. (Note 3)
1 thick ham steak browned in skillet in bacon drippings and shredded into approximately 1/2" chunks.
1 medium jar Vlasik Zesty bread and butter pickle chips drained and diced to approximately 3/8" square. (Note 4)
4 to 6 spears celery washed and diced. (Note 5)
1 to 1-1/2 dozen eggs hard boiled and cut into quarters or eighths.
1 qt jar Miracle Whip – The low fat Miracle Whip is barely OK but stay away from the fat free version. It does not work for the dressing.
1 to 2 tbsp yellow mustard (Note 6)
1 to 2 cups whole milk depending on the consistency you like your dressing.
Put Miracle Whip in a bowl large enough to whisk in the mustard and milk. Add one cup of milk and whisk until smooth. Then add some or all the second
cup and keep whisking until you reach the right consistency. Remember, the potatoes are going to absorb some of the liquid so make it a little thinner
than you want the final consistency to be.
Red, green, and/or yellow sweet peppers cut into rings and/or strips
Green onion trees (trimmed and slit lengthwise at green end)
Hard boiled egg slices
Lemon, lime, and/or orange zest strips
Colored salt (made the same way as colored sugar)
Use any or all or add something of your own to dress it up.
How coarse you chop, dice, and cube the ingredients is a matter of personal taste. However, I have found that most people like this potato salad
better if the ingredients are kept to the slightly large side. Especially the potatoes, they should be at least 3/4" to 1" cubes.
Reserve some of the dressing to remoisten the salad later as the potatoes will tend to absorb it if leftovers are kept for a day or more.
Use a really large mixing bowl and layer the ingredients in the following order. Put the potatoes on the bottom. Then add all the dry diced
ingredients except the eggs. Then put the bacon and ham on top. Finally add the pickles and pour on half the dressing mix and add the eggs.
Start mixing with a large wooden spoon by going down the edge of the bowl under the ingredients and lifting. As soon as the first half of the dressing
and the finer ingredients disappear under the potatoes add the rest of the dressing and continue mixing by going under and lifting until properly
mixed. Do not stir in the normal way as you will break up the eggs and potatoes.
The final step is to put the salad in a serving bowl and garnish if you wish.
Well, the actual final step is to eat and enjoy.
1 - The better the potatoes the better the salad. New red potatoes with a waxy consistency are best. I tried this recipe one time with Idaho potatoes
and did not like them.
2 - The onion is one ingredient you want to dice fairly fine even if you love coarse chunks of other ingredients. Onion tends to overpower the flavor
if left in too big of pieces.
3 - The bacon will have a better texture and flavor if it is cooked a little on the crisper side as it will soften in the dressing.
4 - The Vlasik Zesty chips are the best as they have a slight bite to them that keeps them from being lost in the rest of the flavors. The original
recipe used garlic dill chips but I found that the Vlasik Zesty chips tasted better to me. Any strong flavored chip will work if you like it. Just cut
them coarser if they are not as strong as the zesty ones.
5 - Watch how much celery you use and watch the color. Celery that is very light green has the best flavor and crunch. Celery that is darker in color
tends to be bitterer and stronger in flavor as well as stringy. If dark green celery is all you can get dice it finer and use less.
6 - In spite of the addition of yellow mustard this is not a mustard dressing. The small amount used only adds some zest to the flavor of the
This is one of those recipes that people shake their heads over until they taste it then they want more.