Stella Z's Polish-American Potato Salad
On the 4th of July it only makes sense to publish a more "American-style" recipe. My late mother, Stella Peplowski Zembrzuski, had a few signature dishes she was asked to make and bring. She was especially fond of this classic potato salad.
Stella Z’s Polish-American Potato Salad
· 5 lb bag red potatoes
· 7 eggs
· 1 red onion
· 1 green bell pepper
· Can of black olives
· Kosher Salt
· 1 cup mayonnaise
· 1 cup sour cream
Place whole red potatoes into a large pot. Cover with water. Add a pinch of kosher salt and bring to a full boil.
Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and cover the pot.
Simmer for 20 minutes.
With tongs, remove potatoes to a large dish to cool.
At the same time as you start the potatoes, place 7 eggs in a medium sized pot.
Cover with water. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda.
Bring to a gentle boil.
Turn the heat down to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, an additional 10 minutes.
Remove to a small plate to cool at room temperature.
Chop the onion and pepper into the tiniest squares possible and place into a medium sized mixing bowl.
Remove the skins on the potatoes under cool running water with your hands.
Chop the potatoes into 1” squares and add to a large mixing bowl.
Peel the eggs.
Chop 6 of the eggs into 1/2” cubes and add to the large mixing bowl.
Cut 1 of the eggs into wedges and reserve for garnish
In the medium mixing bowl with the onions and peppers, add the mayonnaise and sour cream
Snip two tablespoons of fresh dill into the mixture.
Add two tablespoons of Kosher salt.
Add the sour cream/mayo mixture to the large mixing bowl. Mix gently.
Arrange sliced eggs and black olives as garnish on the salad.
Sprinkle with paprika and snipped dill.
Cover and refrigerate.
One of the reasons that this salad is so special to me is that it is one of the last recipes my mother made, for the July 2014 Peplowski family reunion. I'll be bringing it in her memory this year!
Happy 4th of July!!