My Super Bowl Victory

My Super Bowl victory has nothing to do with the Packers or the Steelers. My victory is one between man vs. food. Okay, woman vs. food. I’m talking about the ever elusive perfect potato salad. More specifically…my mom’s potato salad. I have dreamed of making it for years.

My mom makes the best potato salad. At every family gathering, whatever time of year, this dish makes an appearance based on popular demand. Now you may have this dish down pat but remember I am not a cook. The prep time, the layering upon layering of ingredients, and the need to chill overnight, were daunting to me.

I was always intimidated. But no more. I have conquered my potato salad fears and come out the victor.

Last year I asked my mom to let me help her make the potato salad so I would learn the process. I watched as she created it layer by layer but I was sure I would never be able to recreate it. I’d like to say I promptly went and tried to make it soon after but that would be a lie. I didn’t even think about attempting it until a few days ago.

For some reason I felt sloppy joes and potato salad would be perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. I bought the ingredients and waited until the kids were in bed on Saturday night. I read the recipe several times. In fact, I read each step several times. I put the finished product into the refrigerator and hoped for the best on Sunday.

As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised with my potato salad. It was good. Really good. After the years of worry and self doubt about tackling this recipe I scored! In fact my husband liked it too. On Super Bowl Sunday I had roughly 6 servings of the potato salad a few scoops of the potato salad with my sloppy joes.

Now I’m going to go through the family cookbook to figure out what recipe to try next!

potato saladDo you have a family recipe you’ve always wanted to master?

6 thoughts on “My Super Bowl Victory

  1. I made the potato salad this year too. It was pretty good i thought, although I made it the day of and didnt get to chill it overnight. I thought I would be smart and put it in the freezer. about an hour and a half later I remembered I put it in there, lukcilyit didnt freeze

  2. I am not a fan of potato salad…never even tried it, actually. And since I’ve been nearly 30 years without it, I’m good with never trying it.

    The one family recipe that I love but have still never made by myself is broccoli, rice & cheese casserole. I know…my favorite and a super easy recipe…I have just never made it myself. Perhaps I will conquer it soon! BUT a redeeming factor is that I make a pretty good Ruth’s chicken, if I do say so myself…

  3. Kudos to Jennifer for finally mastering the potato salade and Ryan, kudos to you for being an adventurous cook, too…

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