Mashed Potato Salad

Mashed Potato Salad

Mashed Potato Salad

 

Unlike most potato salads that have chunks or cubes of potato in them, this one is a mashed potato salad.  A friend of mine made this for a pot-luck dinner, and we thought it was so different and tasty that I had to have the recipe.  This style potato salad has now become our favorite.  It is absolutely awesome.  It is super popular whenever I bring it anywhere, and I get asked for the recipe all the time.

The recipe is easy to prepare and very flexible allowing you to include additional ingredients that you love, but this is the way we like it best.  It can be served warm or chilled, its just great either way. You can include or omit the chopped egg, and sometimes I add some cooked, crumbled bacon.  Mr. D. asks for it whenever we have a picnic meal.  Try it the next time you’re making a potato salad, and you’ll see why we like it so much.

The best darn potato salad!!

The best darn potato salad!!

When I mash the potatoes, I leave them a little rough for more texture, but some people like their potatoes mashed well so the salad is more creamy.  It’s really just a matter of personal preference.  Also, some people have told me they use dill pickle relish and dill pickle juice, and some folks don’t peel their potatoes.  Leaving the skins on the potatoes makes the salad more “rustic”, but good never-the-less.

MASHED POTATO SALAD

Yield:   Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds potatoes,  white or Yukon GoldIMG_7393
  • 1 small sweet onion, or scallions, chopped
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 2-3 tablespoons sweet pickle juice

Directions:

1.  Peel potatoes, cut into chunks, and place into a large saucepan.  Cover with cold water and salt lightly.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.  Drain and transfer potatoes to a large bowl.

2.  Mash potatoes with a potato masher.  Stir in onion or scallion, eggs, celery, pickles, salt and black pepper.

Add eggs, celery, onion or scallion and salt and pepper to mashed potatoes.

Add eggs, celery, onion or scallion and salt and pepper to mashed potatoes.

Mix mayonnaise, pickle juice, and mustard in a separate small bowl;  pour over potatoes and mix well.  Salad may be served at this point while it is still warm, or cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to chill before serving.

 

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SOURCE:  adapted from a friend’s recipe

 

 

Greek-Style Chicken Breasts

Greek-Style Chicken Breasts

Greek-Style Chicken Breasts

Do you like to buy olives from the olive bar in the supermarket?  I love them, and frequently buy an assortment to have on hand.  I like to include olives in a mixed green salad, or add them to the salads I prepare for our lunches.  As luck would have it,  I had just returned from my grocery shopping on the very day that I came across this recipe for Greek-Style Chicken that called for kalamata olives.  With the olives on hand I knew I had everything necessary to prepare this fantastic entree.

Grilled Chicken goes Greek!

Grilled Chicken goes Greek!

Besides being very tasty, this meal can be prepared in just about 30 minutes.  The recipe as it was printed contained a recipe for herbed potatoes, and when I cooked the chicken, I prepared the herbed potatoes as well.  So I’m including them here for you also.  This meal goes together so easily and is really good.  I would not hesitate to serve this to guests, who would think you spent longer on its preparation than you actually did.  Many of you may be grilling now that summer has officially arrived, and the chicken would be lovely cooked out on the grill, then topped with the onion-tomato-olive mixture.

GREEK-STYLE CHICKEN BREASTS

Yield:   Serves 4

Ingredients:IMG_7168

  • 4  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1  1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1  3/4 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 12 – 14 pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano  (or 3/4 tsp. dried)
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
Tomatoes and olives ready for the pan.

Tomatoes and olives ready for the pan.

Directions:

1.  Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.  Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.

Grilling the chicken

Grilling the chicken

2.  Heat a large skillet per medium-high heat.  Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.  Add onion and garlic, sauté 4 minutes.

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Add olives and tomatoes;  cook 3 minutes or until tomato begins to break down, stirring occasionally.

 

This smells fantastic!!

This smells fantastic!!

Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley, oregano and lemon juice.  Top chicken with tomato and olive mixture; sprinkle feta evenly over chicken.

Spoon sauce over chicken and sprinkle with feta cheese.

Spoon sauce over chicken and sprinkle with feta cheese.

 

HERBED POTATOES

Place  1 1/4 pounds baby gold potatoes – or medium yukon gold potatoes, quartered – in a large saucepan.  Cover with water and cook 14 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain.

Combine 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a large bowl, storing with a whisk.  Add potatoes and toss to coat.  Garnish with parsley or oregano leaves, if desired.

If you have extra time you can roast rather than boil the potatoes.  Toss them in the vinaigrette mixture, and bake at 400*F for 30 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes.  This is what I did to get the version you see below.

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Oven Roasted Potatoes

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SOURCE:   Cooking Light