Friday, July 12, 2013

4th of July Potato Salad

I hate potato salad.  There; I said it.  Now you can all laugh.

But on Memorial Day, my boys pleaded with me to make potato salad ("Don't you know how to make it?  Can you look it up in a cookbook?"), and how could I deny them this all-American picnic food?  Well, they liked it so well that Ryan plopped the bag of potatoes on the counter on the morning of the Fourth, so I wouldn't forget to make it for him.  So, here it is....


5 pounds redskin potatoes, scrubbed
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup ranch dressing mix
5 carrots, peeled and shredded
1-1/2 cup pickle slices, shredded

Scrub the potatoes, cut into bite sized chunks, and boil in salted water until just fork tender.  Drain, then cover in cold water and ice to quickly chill them.  While the potatoes are chilling, shred the pickle slices and carrots.  In your serving bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream and ranch dressing mix (I used low fat sour cream and mayo, and no one knew the difference).  Stir in the carrots and pickle slices, then drain the potatoes again, and stir them into the dressing mixture.  If you want the mixture to have more dressing, add more mayonnaise, and stir well to incorporate.  Store in the refrigerator until serving time.

And I didn't take a picture of this, of course, but the boys ate the whole 5 pounds in 2 days - and there were only 3 of them at home.

So, since food pictures are lacking, how about a picture of Brutus getting a bath on the 4th of July, when we actually had sun in the afternoon - a rare event around here for the last few weeks:

No puppy bath would be complete without said puppy soaking his person.  As you can see, Dan had to hug Brutus to get him to stay in his washtub.  End result:  Both smelled like oatmeal puppy shampoo!

Brutus went for his third puppy shots this morning.  I was concerned when he went for his second shots a month ago, because he only weighed 36 pounds.  But today he's up to 53 pounds, at 3.5 months old.  So he is making progress!

Happy Weekending, everyone!


rottrover said...

ssshhhhh...I hate potato salad, too. What a great mom you are!!

Anonymous said...

I like how your food disappears before you can whip out the camera.

Big Dude said...

Wow Marjie - I never knew anyone that hated potato salad :-)

SissySees said...

I only like the oil and dill based potato salad a not-quite-local BBQ place makes, but the last time the Knight got it, the onions were too strong and it wasn't edible.

Would your boy come bathe Sissy for me? ;)

~~louise~~ said...

I forgive you for not liking potato salad but only because we got to see Brutus giving Dan a bath:) I don't make it often because I would surely eat the entire five pounds myself. Not good for this cholesterol watching gal:)

I can understand your apprehension for shot day. I was terrible when it came to my kids getting shots. They always had to make sure I wouldn't pass out!

Thanks for sharing, Marjie...Brutus sure is growing fast!

Blond Duck said...

Shipping out your sussy today!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Yummy! Spa day?
Benny & Lily

Dexter said...

You don't like tater salad? This is shocking news indeed.

Spa day. What's not to like?

Mango Momma

Claire S. said...

LOL only 36 lbs - 4 dogs in my house this week and all told they don't weigh 36 lbs !

Methinks it might be a good day to make potato salad. Yummy stuff

Zimbabwe said...

I love potato salad but I generally make it warm.

Glad Brutus in putting on weight, he will soon knock you over when he puts his paws on your shoulders :-)

Have a good week Diane

Sue said...

The only potato salad I ever really liked was my Grandmother's and she never wrote recipes down. She used a pinch of this and just enough of that. I managed to get her to write down a couple recipes like her chocolate cookies, but I can't make good potato salad so I skip it.

There are worse things than to smell like oatmeal puppy shampoo.

Lapdog Creations said...

Love the pup bath time pics!

gemma said...

Oh Brutus is sooooo adorable and who wouldn't want a day of beauty... all that and potato salad too. Happy July - we're suffering with the triple h's here on Cape Cod -- Hazy Hot and Humid. Summer is here for sure.

Pam said...

The potato salad sounds tasty.

I love the photo of the bath. Your boy is going to be BIG!! Can't wait to watch him grow up.

Paula said...

That puppy is so gosh darn cute! :)

grace said...

i don't like potato salads made with mayo, but there's a warm, vinegar-dressed german potato salad that i adore!