MRS. BROTHERS’ POTATO SALAD

MRS. BROTHERS’ POTATO SALAD

My wife and I recently spent an enjoyable afternoon with our friends KC and Steve Swallow. The food was fabulous. Steve smoked some pork, made a tangy sauce to go with it and KC made a potato salad that was the best I ever tasted.

What makes this potato salad so special is the dressing. It is cooked and applied to the potatoes when both the dressing and the spuds are still hot. It is sweet and tangy at the same time; a winning combination.

KC acquired the recipe for this potato salad over fifty years ago from a gracious Southern woman named Mrs. Brothers from Lexington, Virginia. Thank you Mrs. Brothers for sharing this unique recipe with KC and thank you KC for sharing it with Greg’s Garden Party.

Serves 8

Chopped celery to taste (we use two sticks)

2 1/2 lbs of potatoes (KC recommends Yukon Gold. We highly recommend AC Chaleur potatoes)

Chopped unions (Sweet onions work best. Vidalia, Walla Walla, or our new favorite “Red River”)

2-4 hard boiled eggs chopped (optional)

Cooked Salad Dressing

  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of butter

Procedure:

Peel potatoes, cube and boil for 15 minutes While potatoes are cooking, make the dressing using a heavy sauce pan. Add the dressing ingredients in order listed except for the butter. Cook over low heat and stir constantly using a wire whisk until sauce thickens and begins to bubble. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter. Combine potatoes, celery, onion, hardboiled eggs and dressing in a large bowl. Stir gently until all ingredients are combined. Garnish with chives or parsley and freshly cracked pepper. Can be made the day before, and gets better with refrigeration.

AC CHALEUR POTATOES AND RED RIVER ONIONS USED BY US IN THIS RECIPE.

IN PRAISE OF AC CHALEUR POTATOES

IN PRAISE OF AC CHALEUR POTATOES

We love potatoes. Over the years, we have grown all manner of spuds; Yukon Gold, russet, fingerlings, red, white, blue, etc. This year, we tried a new early potato from Canada called “AC Chaleur.”

These potatoes are outstanding. They have a creamy quality about them that is very appealing. Given that it is Summer, we have been using them mostly to make potato salad; the best potato salad I have ever tasted. It is ironic that AC Chaleur was not my first choice for an early potato. I waited too long to order and my supplier had run out of “Butterfly” early potatoes. Sometimes, things work out better than you planned.

Needless to say, AC Chaleur is our new favorite early potato. If you like creamy potatoes, you will love these. We urge you to give them a try. Keep an eye out for our new favorite potato salad recipe coming soon.

All the best,

Greg Garnache

IN PRAISE OF “RED RIVER” ONIONS

IN PRAISE OF “RED RIVER” ONIONS

My wife and I have been looking for a mild red onion ever since the variety “Mars” disappeared from the seed market in 2006. This old favorite fell victim to acquisition by Monsanto and was dropped from their catalog.

I am happy to report that we have finally found a worthy replacement called “Red River”. “Mars” was exceptional in that it had a VERY mild taste; easy on the taste buds. All of the varieties that we have tried over the last thirteen years have just been too sharp tasting. “Red River” has that mild flavor we have been craving. Whether it is sliced and put in a sandwich, chopped up and used in fresh salsa or added to potato salad, “Red River” delivers great crunch and easy to live with flavor.

We bought our onion plants from Jung Seeds. However, “Red River” is available from a number of suppliers. “Red River” is our new go to red onion.