Mama's Potato Salad Recipe -
Mama's Potato Salad Recipe
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Mama's Potato Salad

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"This is a recipe my boyfriend's mother always made for him growing up. I made it, at his request, for his birthday, and it was a huge hit at the party!"

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Original recipe makes 20 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and place in a serving bowl.
  2. Stir the onion, salt and pepper into the potatoes while they are still hot. This allows the potatoes to absorb the flavor. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add the mayonnaise, mustard and horseradish to the salad, and mix well. Gently stir in the eggs and dill pickles. Finish off with a generous grinding of black pepper on top. Chill for about 30 minutes before serving.
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  • Hard-Cooking Eggs
  • Place the eggs in a saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat immediately, and let stand covered in the hot water for 10 minutes. Cool, peel and use as desired.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 25, 2005

This is a really delicious potato salad, especially with the background flavor from the horseradish and the kick from the freshly ground black pepper. I added celery (in equal amount to the onion) and some fresh dill. I also used equal parts honey mustard and deli mustard, instead of the yellow mustard; the honey mustard cuts the tang of the horseradish a bit and provides a really nice flavor. Thanks for the dish!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 10, 2005

Hmm - it was good but I was hoping for a more spicy potatoe salad - I put double the horseradish and no one could tell it was there. Not sure waht the point was. It was good but not what I was looking for - thanks anyway!

Sep 03, 2004

Made this for the family and everyone gave it great reviews. To me though, it was just missing a little something. It was a very good potato salad and kept wonderfully for leftovers, but... The horseradish does give it an unexpected flavor and is a good addition.

Sep 10, 2004

1st time making potato salad...Was a hit! I also added crumpled bacon..didn't have fresh horseradish but used horseradish sauce.

Jun 10, 2004

This salad was great I had a BBQ and it was one of the first things gone. I almost didn't get any thats how fast it went.

Sep 05, 2006

Yum, yum, YUM! This is soooo good. I'm not normally a fan of horseradish, but my hubby loves it, and he considers potato salad one of the main food groups. I made this with red potatos, and left out the onion (just don't care for raw onion) used onion powder instead. I diced a whole jar of Klaussen(?)pickle spears to make up for the missing onion.(I think that made a difference, they are very crunchy pickles, yum) Everything else was done as the recipes says, I did try a little with some celery seed on top, and really liked that, too. Not that it needed it, I just love celery seed in my potato salad. Anyway, this will be my new recipe from now on, so delicious. Thanks!

Jul 03, 2011

Nice, basic recipe – classic American mayonnaise and mustard based potato salad, just the way Hubs likes it. But it was a little nondescript for me, so I had to tinker with it. I added the optional dill pickle, but I also included some sliced celery for some contrast in texture. To pretty it up a little with some color (and because I hate the aftertaste of raw, white onion) I used sliced green onion. The horseradish was a nice addition, but so subtle that it was barely noticeable, so more could be added with no risk. Rather than salt and pepper I used Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt and even more freshly ground pepper. But most important, I don’t like an overly mayonnaise-y taste, so I cut it with sour cream, to probably a ratio of 50/50. It needed to be a little gushier, so I dribbled in a little half and half, and I expect I’ll have to again tomorrow before I serve it.

Aug 16, 2004

This recipe is 'wonderful'! Thank you so much for posting it to All Recipes for others to use and for sharing. Please post more of Mama's Recipes in the future :) Respectfully, URLGURL


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  • Calories
  • 285 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 83 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 19.8 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 370 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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