Potato salad is very popular in Poland especially as it can be made nearly all year round.
This can be served with cold meats and Polish style sausages as well as with hot dishes such as roast pork or chicken.
I like to make potato salad using starchy potatoes as I love the soft fluffy texture.
My favourite starchy potatoes are King Edward and Maris Piper.
The King Edward variety was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1902 and was named after King Edward VII as this was his coronation year.
The Maris Piper variety was released in 1966 and was named after Maris Lane in Trumpington on the outskirts of Cambridge which at that time was the home of the Plant Breeding Institute.
Classic Potato Salad
Starchy Potatoes – from 3 large potatoes upwards
1/2 – 1 onion – chopped fine
Mayonnaise – I like to use Hellmans – original or light
Salt and pepper to taste.
Peel the potatoes and cut any large potatoes into quarters and then boil or steam them to cook them.
Strain the cooked potatoes in a colander and leave them to cool slightly.
Rough chop the cooked potatoes using a knife or a spoon – you do not want the pieces to be too uniform in size.
Add the chopped onion to the potatoes and then several tablespoonfuls of mayonnaise and mix together.
I like to use potatoes that are still slightly warm as I find the mayonnaise coats them better.
However you can use cold potatoes – maybe some you have left from another meal – the salad will still be good.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Leave to cool completely before serving.
Variations on the Classic Salad
Potato Salad with Gherkins
Chop 2 or 3 gherkins and add these to the Potato Salad.
Potato Salad with Gherkins and Boiled Eggs
Chop 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs and add these to the potato salad with the gherkins.
Potato Salad with Peas
Cook some frozen peas and add these to the classic potato salad