“Let the good times roll!”
However you choose to say it, it’s what we like to do here in Louisiana. We usually like to do it with good food, and this Cajun Potato Salad definitely fits the bill. This dish works all year round and is fit for many occasions, such as a birthday party, Easter dinner, a summer backyard barbeque, or just a traditional Sunday dinner with family gathered all around.
5 lbs small, unpeeled red potatoes, boiled in seafood seasonings or purchased pre-seasoned
5 lbs peeled shrimp, boiled in seafood seasoning, or purchased pre-seasoned
9 boiled eggs, chopped
6 celery sticks, chopped
1 average-size onion, chopped
Half of a 32 oz jar of Blue Plate mayo
1 small jar of Zatarain’s creole mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Break unpeeled boiled potatoes into large chunks. Cut peeled boiled shrimp into small pieces (Save a few shrimp for garnish). Mix potatoes and shrimp together in a large bowl, trying not to mash-the chunkier, the better. Add eggs, onions, and celery. Mix together, still trying not to mash the potatoes. Gradually add mayo and mustard. Additional mayo can be added for desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and a few shrimp.
Tips and Tricks
Leave out the onion for those who do not care for fresh onion (like my husband)
During crawfish season, use leftover potatoes and crawfish from a boil in lieu of the shrimp
Make it easy on yourself and buy the pre-seasoned potatoes and shrimp
Make it in stages if you have to, we started up to 2 days ahead (just do mayo/egg the night before or day of)
Disclaimer: While I would love to take credit for creating this potato salad myself, I can not. One hot August afternoon while at a birthday party for one of my students, I tasted this potato salad and said, “Oh my gosh, that is the best potato salad I have ever tasted!” A family member of my student had made this potato salad, and I just could NOT stop eating it. His mother even sent a dish home with me to share with my husband. I do not really remember him getting any, and I do remember devouring it very quickly. Ahhh…The power of a really good potato salad!
Do you make potato salad? Any recipes you’d like to share?