Friday, April 8, 2011

Red Skin Potato Salad

Spring is finally coming to our corner of the world, and we've had some very warm days already. Thomas, my oldest son, was clambering for a cook-out (which really means Mommy grills on the grill). Part of the traditional picnic fare includes potato salad, and Thomas and Josh's favorite is red skin potato salad. Unfortunately it's made with mayonnaise, which contains eggs, which Daniel cannot have. So, to go along with the hot dogs (wheat-free, of course) and bunless burgers, I decided to experiment with potato salad.

While egg-free mayonnaise is available, I'm not a big fan. I think it tastes funny and doesn't quite have the right consistency. It's too gelatinous and not creamy enough. For the creamy base for this potato salad, I turned instead to sour cream. That, however, proved to be too thick, so I added a little milk to thin it to the perfect consistency.

Red-Skin Potato Salad

3-4 medium red-skinned potatoes, cubed
3 tablespoons sour cream
Milk, to get the desired consistency
1 teaspoon dried dill weed (I'm sure fresh dill would have packed a better flavor punch, but you work with what you've got.)
Splash lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons garlic powder, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender. Drain and cool slightly.

Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, put in serving bowl and toss with the dressing. Chill for 30 minutes or so to let flavors meld, if you can wait that long. Makes 4 servings.