There's A Secret To Making The Ultimate Potato Salad, Here's What Julia Child Once Revealed
Katie Mooney 7/21/2017
Creamy au gratin, grilled with garlic, butter topped and baked - there is simply no wrong way to prepare a potato. Who doesn't have a soft spot for spuds?
If you're looking to surprise your guests with an absolutely awesome potato salad, then it's time to take advice from the master of the kitchen! Julia Child was an undoubtedly talented and well known chef - famous for having brought French cuisine to America through her popular cookbooks and highly watched television programs.
Julia was certainly a wiz at serving up of a variety of decadent and indulgent French dishes! However, sometimes simple is good...and a tasty, classic potato salad is just what the doctor ordered.
Well, we're here to share the "spud secrets" of Julia Child - her homemade potato salad tidbits are certain to have your guests comin' back for more!
Stop And Smell The Spuds
As with life - the secret's in "the simmer!" Nowadays, we're constantly rushing. We rush from appointment to appointment, we rush through our daily checklist, and we even rush...in the kitchen.
According to Julia Child, if you want a perfectly prepared potato salad, you must first begin with well-cooked potatoes!
In this case, the magic may not be in the "sauce" per say - but it's definitely in the combination of ingredients you choose to pair with your potatoes!
"After you boil them, they're just right. Then you drain them out. While they're still warm, you toss them with some finely minced shallots, scallions or very, very finely minced sweet onion, and then salt and white pepper."
"I put in either a little potato cooking water or a little chicken stock and a little bit of wine vinegar to taste. Then I just very gently toss them around."
And then, once you've boiled, drained, added, and tossed - don't forget "the good stuff!" At this point in the potato procedure, Julia adds celery, dill pickles, crisp and crumbled bacon, hard-boiled eggs (diced), canned red pimento, minced parsley (fresh), and mayonnaise (not too much) - voila, potato salad perfection!
Now, if all of this creamy, dreamy chatter has your stomach doing cartwheels, and you're someone who works best when following exact measurements - Food Network has the recipe for Julia's American-Style Potato Salad.