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kaitie
10-08-2009, 03:12 PM
Alright, so here's the problem. I've got a barbeque this weekend and would really like to make potato salad. Thing is, I have no pickles or relish and no way to get any before Saturday (I'd have to find a store out of town that sold them). Pickles are kind of an integral part to the potato salad, and it's just not going to be right without it. I have everything else I need (stupid me bought everything first :P), but now I'm not sure what to do. Does anyone have suggestions for something I could substitute? Or should I just give up and try to make something else? I'm totally stumped on this. Also not wanting my potatoes to go to waste.

kikazaru
10-08-2009, 03:44 PM
Unless there are people who will be attending that absolutely NEED pickles in their potato salad, I say make it anyway.

My mom makes the best potato salad and she has never used a pickle in it, in her life.

Loose ingredients and method.

boiled potatoes, tossed in a bit of white vinegar while hot.
When cool add some onion (green is nice for colour) some celery, some sliced radishes, a bunch of minced dill, season with salt and pepper and dressing which is a Miracle Whip type thinned with some more vinegar and a big dollup of yellow mustard (hot dog type). Slice some hard boiled eggs on top.

Mumut
10-08-2009, 03:54 PM
I've never had potato salad with pickles. I just cut the potatoes into chunks and steam them until still slightly firm. Then sprinkle a bit of chopped parsley and cover with a homemade mayonaise - especially one made with hot English mustard. Salad dressing will do. Some people add chopped hard-boiled eggs and/or finely chopped shallots.

alleycat
10-08-2009, 04:18 PM
I'm wondering where it is you live that you have to drive to another town to find pickles . . .


Anyway, I agree with those above who said make it without the pickles. Not all potato salad recipes call for pickles. You wouldn't happen to have any tartar sauce in the fridge, would you? That might work in a pinch if you just needed a bit of pickle relish to add to the potato salad.

cray
10-08-2009, 05:19 PM
I'm wondering where it is you live that you have to drive to another town to find pickles . . .



i was thinking the same thing,...


anyway, yes. make it without! around these parts you can't find a pickle in the potato salad.

mumut and kikazaru's recipes both sound pretty nice!

CACTUSWENDY
10-08-2009, 05:28 PM
That's what is neat about it being a 'salad'.
You can put what ever you want in it.
I even put cherry tomatoes cut in half in mine for color and it is great.

veinglory
10-08-2009, 06:35 PM
I had no idea some people put pickles in potato salad. :/

BenPanced
10-08-2009, 07:41 PM
I've never heard of pickles in potato salad. I don't think I've found them in the store-bought stuff, either.

jennontheisland
10-08-2009, 07:46 PM
I'm with the crowd going "pickles??"

Mind you, my mom would put a peeled, diced apple in hers. Granny smith or some other tart, firm apple. Adds an interesting crunch and it's almost impossible for people to tell what it is. But other than that, yeah, taters, green onion, celery, dill, mayo, and boiled egg. I add radishes too because I like the extra colour.

MaryMumsy
10-08-2009, 08:22 PM
There are as many variations on potato salad as there are people chopping it up. Do it without the pickles. Some will like it, some won't, but don't make yourself nuts.

MM
whose potato salad has both sweet and dill pickles, but never pickle relish

firedrake
10-08-2009, 08:31 PM
I'm another one who doesn't add pickles.

Small potatoes boiled in their skins, finely chopped green bell pepper, finely chopped green onions, hard boiled eggs, mayo, poppy seeds, and paprika.

Dang, now I want to go home and make some.

RickN
10-08-2009, 09:38 PM
Pickles, IMHO, are typically in the recipes for the texture, the crunch and not the flavor. Ergo, diced sweet onion or celery will fulfill the same role.

However, if you have to drive to another town for pickles, you probably have to order sweet onions by mail. So, go with the celery. :-)

BenPanced
10-08-2009, 10:27 PM
I'm beginning to wonder if pickles in potato salad is a regional variation?

cray
10-08-2009, 11:27 PM
I'm beginning to wonder if pickles in potato salad is a regional variation?


agreed.

i feel confident, however, that they (let's call them "the picklers") can be fixed. fixed? no,....let's say "cured."

yes. they can be cured.
re-education classes will begin in the spring.

:D

please don't kill me.








*imagines he's about to be killed with pickles and potato salad*

BenPanced
10-08-2009, 11:35 PM
Mitch: You know, um, something strange happened to me this morning...
Chris: Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
Mitch: No...
Chris: Why am I the only one who has that dream?

MaryMumsy
10-08-2009, 11:50 PM
Potato salad the way my Mom taught me to make it. I don't know where she learned. If it was from her Mom, then the pickles were an Okie thing.

5 pounds russet potatoes, boiled in the skin until almost fork tender
6 eggs, hard boiled
1 good sized onion chopped fairly fine
1 small jar chopped pimientos
1 small can chopped black olives
about 10 oz sweet pickles, chopped about half the size of a pea
about 10 oz dill pickles, chopped the same
enough mayo (not miracle whip or one of those kinds of things) to hold it all together

As soon as the potatoes are done enough immediately start cooling them down. If they are cooked too soft you end up with mashed potato salad. The potatoes peel much easier after they are cooked. After peeling, chop them in smallish (half inch by half inch) chunks.

Chop the eggs (after peeling :D)

Mix it all together. Taste for salt/pepper/more pickles/more onion etc. Best if well chilled, and even better if chilled overnight.


These days I use red skin potatoes and don't peel them. Everything else is the same.

MM

RickN
10-09-2009, 12:15 AM
Chop the eggs (after peeling :D)


Excellent tip. You must have been trained at the Cordon Bleu. :-)

SPMiller
10-09-2009, 03:38 AM
Pickles, IMHO, are typically in the recipes for the texture, the crunch and not the flavor. Ergo, diced sweet onion or celery will fulfill the same role.

However, if you have to drive to another town for pickles, you probably have to order sweet onions by mail. So, go with the celery. :-)All three of these things go into my potato salad, plus other things. I've had the mayo-based potato salads that most people in the USA like. Yuck.

I'd say you could compensate for the absence of pickle by adding unripe olives, which I usually add anyway.

kaitie
10-09-2009, 01:30 PM
I live in Japan, and they LOVE pickled things here, but nothing that tastes anything like American.

I think the issue for me is that everyone has their own family recipe, and everyone thinks theirs is the best. ;) I like the slightly sour flavor pickles add, but don't know of any other way to imitate it. I might make a German potato salad or something instead of trying to substitute. I have a feeling otherwise I'll just be disappointed by it. :tongue If I try to make something completely different it'll probably still taste good to me.

Olives are definitely a no-go haha. It's about the only thing I just can't eat, period. And I've tried. It's not an allergy, I just really, really, really hate the taste. Which is crazy because I'll eat almost anything. (which is handy in Japan)

chevbrock
10-09-2009, 05:03 PM
If you don't have pickles, I guess it would be insane of me to suggest maybe artichoke hearts?

Yeah. Thought so. :)

RickN
10-09-2009, 06:45 PM
My own potato salad is fairly minimalist compared to some others here. Potatoes, chopped egg, chopped onion. The sauce is primarily mayonnaise, with dijon mustard (Maille brand -- the best I've ever had) added for a bit of tang.

kaitie
10-10-2009, 06:46 PM
If you don't have pickles, I guess it would be insane of me to suggest maybe artichoke hearts?

Yeah. Thought so. :)

Would you believe my first thought was "ooh, I wonder how that would taste?"

Alright, I feel incredibly silly because for all the worrying I did (yes, feel free to laugh), turns out I had unexpired relish in my refrigerator. I didn't even check because I was so certain I had thrown it out, but apparently my mom had sent more and I forgot. See? I deserved that laughter. :tongue

Anyway, in case anyone is wondering, mine is basically just egg, onion, and pickles with the potatoes, mixed with mayo, mustard (usually kind of heavy on the mustard) and salt and pepper. I top it all with paprika. Basic essentially. No idea how much I use because I do it by taste.

Opty
10-27-2009, 02:28 AM
Good Lord, where are you people from that you've never heard of pickles in potato salad?!

Obviously, you're not from the South as pickles are as much a necessity in potato salad as mustard, mayo, and eggs! I've gotta make some real Southern potato salad and bring it to each of your houses! You're really missing out.

I know this thread is old and you've likely already made and enjoyed your potato salad, but if you're ever in a "pickle" and don't have pickles, my suggestion as a substitute would be chopped celery, but be sure to add more mustard (to enhance the vinegar-acidity) and ensure that you have red onions in it.

SouthernFriedJulie
10-27-2009, 05:53 PM
I base mine on this- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/deviled-potato-salad-recipe/index.html Rachel Ray's Deviled Potato Salad

Only I leave out the hot sauce and add in crumbled bacon. Can't stand the mayo/white potato salad, my granny always made it Southern style with plenty of mustard. Came with every barbecue sandwich plate.

RickN
10-29-2009, 10:12 PM
Good Lord, where are you people from that you've never heard of pickles in potato salad?!

Obviously, you're not from the South as pickles are as much a necessity in potato salad as mustard, mayo, and eggs!

Obviously? I don't think so. Georgia born and raised for the past 46 years, so I'll put my southern credentials up against anybody's. My standard potato salad recipe has no pickles in it.

I'll add them sometimes, but I've also played around with shallots, celery, and other crunchy things.