On the major holidays my brothers and sisters and I, along with our families, get together to celebrate. This Easter we're going to my brother Tim's house. Each family brings special dishes to the feast.
I'm baking a turkey and making strawberry-angel food dessert. Bridget is bringing a baked ham and making green bean bundles. Brother Jim is making his fabulous baked beans. Nieces and nephews are providing salads, appetizers, and other goodies. But my sister Kathleen is making the dish most requested by family members: our mom's German Potato Salad.
On this Good Friday I thought I'd share a recipe that my family has enjoyed for more than 50 years. Since my family is Irish-American and not German, the title has been modified. My husband, who was born in Germany, insists that real German potato salad does not have mayonnaise and is not eaten cold, so to keep peace after I got married, the name of the recipe was modified to Irish-German Potato Salad.
My mom's name was Katherine, but one of her nicknames was Kate, so the official name of the recipe is Kate Duly's Irish-German Potato Salad.
Here is the recipe for Kate Duly's Irish-German Potato Salad, courtesy of my sister Kathleen:
5 lbs of red potatoes
1/2 lb of regular bacon (not maple cured or flavored, etc)
1 cup each white vinegar and white sugar
6 hard boiled eggs (chopped)
6 green onions (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and celery seed
One and a half to two cups of real mayonnaise
Boil 5 lbs of red potatoes, peel and cut into small chunks. Cover in a bowl so they don't turn dark.
Fry 1/2 lb of regular bacon, cool and crumble, save drippings in skillet.
Add 1 cup each of white vinegar & sugar to the bacon drippings and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cut up potatoes in a large bowl, mix well and let cool.
Add chopped green onions & hard boiled eggs, salt, pepper and celery seed.
Add real mayo and blend to a smooth consistency.
Refrigerate and serve cold.
More mayo may be added later if needed to get desired consistency
This dish is so good, it makes your mouth smile. So, no matter what nationality you are, I hope you enjoy!
I'll be back next week with a few posts about a tour I recently went on--and I'll even have some photos.