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Miss Kitten
post 27.Apr.2009, 09:50 AM
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Location: Kronoberg
Joined: 20.Aug.2007

Deedk, I wholeheartedly agree with you about packaged potato salad in the US. It's nothing at all like homemade.

What I made was a modified version of what you described. Boiled peeled potatoes, boiled eggs, finely chopped onion, mayonnaise, pickle relish, mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika. I would normally use sweet pickles and celery but I didn't have either of those. Still it came out pretty damn good. Swede was pleasantly surprised. He said it was way different from the potatissallad he grew up with, but still very good.

My grandmother's recipe is the best I've ever tasted. She makes the basic recipe with the addition of red wine vinegar to the dressing, and then she lets it sit overnight before serving. Deeeeeeelicious!!
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Miss Kitten
post 27.Apr.2009, 12:22 PM
Post #17
Location: Kronoberg
Joined: 20.Aug.2007

Grandma Kitten's Potato Salad
(makes enough to feed an army)

3 lbs (1.5 kg) potatoes
6-8 hard boiled eggs, chopped (reserve one for garnish)
3-4 ribs celery, chopped fine
1/2 red onion, chopped fine
Sweet pickles, chopped fine, to taste

For the dressing, mix together to start with:
1.5 to 2 cups (3.5 to 4.5 deciliters) mayonnaise
Mustard to taste (start with several tablespoons)
Salt and pepper, to taste
A little paprika powder.
Red wine vinegar, to taste

Directions:
1. Cut the potatoes into quarters or smaller, cover with cold water in large saucepan or dutch oven. Bring water to boil, reduce heat and cook until potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain, set potatoes on paper towels to cool, peel off and discard skins. Cut in roughly one inch (2 cm) cubes and put into a very large bowl.
2. Add eggs, celery, onion, and pickles, stir together gently. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Mix together dressing ingredients and taste. Adjust seasoning, pour over potato mixture and stir gently. At this point you want to use a lot of dressing because the potatoes will absorb a lot. If it's looking a little dry, add more dressing.
4. Transfer to a clean serving bowl. Slice reserved egg and arrange in the middle of the salad, sprinkle with a little paprika. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate overnight or at least four hours.
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Paulo +fab muscular than ...
post 27.Apr.2009, 12:55 PM
Post #18
Location: Not in Sweden
Joined: 27.Aug.2008

QUOTE (Miss Kitten @ 27.Apr.2009, 01:22 PM) *
Grandma Kitten's Potato Salad . (makes enough to feed an army)


It sounds really yummy yummy! wink.gif However, as I know that I would want to eat more I would change it a little bit to balance its nutritional values:

- Substitute the normal mayonnaise for light one cutting at least half the calories of it
- Use less light mayonnaise by adding no fat natural yogurt to prepare the dressing.
- Add 1 tablespoon of "extravergine" olive oil
- Double the number of hard boiled eggs to something around 12, however discarding the egg yolks(totally or most of them).
- probably it would somewhat change the taste but could be another healthier alternative to your lovely grandma's recipe! smile.gif

These changes would dramatically reduce the amout of fat and also cholesterol from the original recipe.

Buon appetito!
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Kieruk
post 27.Apr.2009, 01:06 PM
Post #19
Location: Helsingborg
Joined: 22.Sep.2008

I have to admit that all of the above sound really good...any time anyone wants to make some for me I would be very appreciative! Living alone doens't make buying sal(l)ad ingredients very practical as they go off so quick sad.gif
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Paulo +fab muscular than ...
post 27.Apr.2009, 01:12 PM
Post #20
Location: Not in Sweden
Joined: 27.Aug.2008

So don't you ever eat vegetables or green stuff? unsure.gif

Well, though some of the recipes here aren't necessarily salads(they do provide more carbs and proteins than fibers, minerals and vitamins) it's essential to include them in your diet.

Well, if you live alone you should buy small portions and inevitably have to buy it more than once or twice a week. Some vegetables, herbs & green salads etc last much longer, and if appropriately stored will last at least 4 days. I think you're trying to find excuses NOT to eat them, aren't you? angry.gif LOL
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Kieruk
post 27.Apr.2009, 01:51 PM
Post #21
Location: Helsingborg
Joined: 22.Sep.2008

QUOTE (Paulo +fab muscular than Jonnhy @ 27.Apr.2009, 02:12 PM) *
So don't you ever eat vegetables or green stuff? unsure.gif . ... I think you're trying to find excuses NOT to eat them, aren't you? angry.gif LOL


Haha, not exactly what I meant! I eat lots of veg...as you say, they keep much longer, and are available in the frozen form.

It is more the lettuce and bits like that...I either have to eat salad every night of the week or have to throw something away sad.gif

Doesn't seem to be an awful lot of 'smaller' size salad type stuff around. Whatever happened to half a cucumber, or small bags of lettuce? (let alone a half iceberg lettuce!)
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Miss Kitten
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:01 PM
Post #22
Location: Kronoberg
Joined: 20.Aug.2007

QUOTE (Paulo +fab muscular than Jonnhy @ 27.Apr.2009, 01:55 PM) *
It sounds really yummy yummy! However, as I know that I would want to eat more I would change it a little bit to balance its nutritional values:- Substitute the normal ma ... (show full quote)

Those are some really good suggestions for lightening up my grandma's recipe. In fact, I'm pretty sure she already uses light mayo. Leaving out the egg yolks is also a good idea. This is a pretty heavy duty high fat recipe so it doesn't get made all that often, maybe twice a year for Fourth of July and Superbowl Sunday get-togethers.
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Streja
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:05 PM
Post #23
Joined: 10.Jul.2006

NEVER eat may from a jar...it's full of additives and is in fact not mayo. The light ones are worse with even more crap in them.

Stay away!!! Light does not mean healthy.

Make your own mayo.
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Miss Kitten
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:11 PM
Post #24
Location: Kronoberg
Joined: 20.Aug.2007

I've never thought of making my own mayonnaise. Can you suggest a recipe?
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Paulo +fab muscular than ...
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:28 PM
Post #25
Location: Not in Sweden
Joined: 27.Aug.2008

QUOTE (Streja @ 27.Apr.2009, 06:05 PM) *
NEVER eat may from a jar...it's full of additives and is in fact not mayo. The light ones are worse with even more crap in them.Stay away!!! Light does not mea ... (show full quote)


This is not true, Streja. Unless you have plenty of time to cook everything and fully avoid processed food that's ok, but the truth is at some length you might have something industrialized in your diet.

Mayonnaise is easy to prepare... there are many recipes of home made mayonnaise on the internet --- more or less caloric, some are made of vegetables and potatoes, some only made by oil, egg, lemon, salt etc..I made once one of potatoes, but as I usually use only olive oil and a few times mayonnaise in a few recipes sort of 1/2 tablespoon - I prefer to buy the light options from the supermarket, and FOCUS ON cooking the other more important nutrients of my diet: Real brown rice, variety of vegetables, meat & fresh fish.
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Paulo +fab muscular than ...
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:38 PM
Post #26
Location: Not in Sweden
Joined: 27.Aug.2008

QUOTE (Miss Kitten @ 27.Apr.2009, 06:01 PM) *
Those are some really good suggestions for lightening up my grandma's recipe. In fact, I'm pretty sure she already uses light mayo. Leaving out the egg yolks is also a ... (show full quote)



No problem to eat the original recipe moderately in your junk day food - my alternative was made so that it could become a more regular recipe. wink.gif

I think the key here is as usual to spice it with the aromatic herbs that really helps to change the flavour of food and make it more eatable even without exaggerating with fat --- unfortunately, FAT, particularly saturated is what makes food be so tasty, but in excess no good at all to our health and shape.
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Streja
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:46 PM
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Joined: 10.Jul.2006

Paulo, there is really only one recipe...

I avoid processed foods yes. Do you know what they put in it?
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Paulo +fab muscular than ...
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:52 PM
Post #28
Location: Not in Sweden
Joined: 27.Aug.2008

Streja, NO there isn't only one recipe to the same dish or whatever! hehe Oh, I see by your statement you don't cook... LOL

There are many recipes and of course taste can change slightly and it's up to you to decide whether your like it or not.

In my statement I clearly said that I avoid it too --- if my normal diet has between 3,500 - 4,500 cals/day - eventually having 1/2 tablespoon of mayonnaise included is REALLy avoiding processed food. Though, it's virtually impossible to remove it 100% from your diet, unless you live in your own farm, and make sure that you produce everything organic.
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Streja
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:57 PM
Post #29
Joined: 10.Jul.2006

I avoid additives mostly.

I'm just repeating what it says in this book I've got here.

"In reality there is no way you can make a light mayonnaise" (p. 137, Den hemlige kocken)
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Streja
post 27.Apr.2009, 05:58 PM
Post #30
Joined: 10.Jul.2006

Kitten,

http://recept.nu/1.119761/per_morberg/agg_...mlagad_majonnas
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