Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Crab Boil Potato Salad
Connie and I had a difference of opinion on the best dish of Sunday night's dinner. He voted for this potato salad. I voted for the kicked up baked beans. But, when push came to shove and we had 25 points to allocate among crab boil potato salad, kicked up baked beans, esssence corn, essence chicken and essence + Alabama sauce chicken, we both came up with 6-5-5-5-4 points. And, really I didn't mean to wind up with three starches. It just happened. I wanted bbq chicken, corn on the cob and sliced tomatoes. It just didn't quite turn out that way. i served dinner and said OOPS! We've got a whole lotta starches going on here. It's not going to quite work with the old food pyramid deal. It did, however, work wth the old taste buds!
You see, when Connie plays bridge I frequently have either part of a can of Bush's Bourbon Brown Sugar Grilling Beans or part of a jar of pasta sauce. It's called easy and quick food so I can get on with my projects for the evening. Let's just say I had half a can of beans left. They needed to be used up. That's excuse number one.
Excuse number two is even better, if I do say so myself. While we were out running our errands Sunday afternoon, I read part of a Food Network magazine. There was a GREAT booklet of 50 potato salads. We guessed the percentage that were mayonnaise, sour cream and yogurt based. I won when I said half to two-thirds. There were 30 out of 50. I love winning contests like that :-) One of them was for Crab Boil Potato Salad. Now, who I ask you, can pass up an opportunity to make that??? And, I had potatoes from the CSA that needed to be used. The watermelon and blueberry salad got moved to later this week. Quickly got moved.
What did we think? Well, you already know Connie voted this as his favorite dish of the meal. For me, this was second place. It was VERY good and I'll absolutely make it again. I may try making this as a pasta salad too. The flavors were wonderful together and I think they'd do equally well with pasta. The original recipe called for 1 1/2 t of the seasoning. I doubled it and was very happy I did.
Crab Boil Potato Salad
2 lbs boiled, cubed red potatoes
1/2 c celery, chopped
1/2 c corn
1 c mayonnaise
1 T lemon juice
1 T Old Bay or Emeril's Essence
1 c crabmeat
Put the potatoes, celery and corn in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the dressing ingredients: mayo, lemon juice and Old Bay or Emeril's. Gently toss the potato salad with the dressing. Then, gently stir in the crab meat. Serve warm or cold.
adapted from Food Network Magazine