My Grandfather’s Potato Salad



My grandfather has had an incredible life and I am grateful my family tends to have kids pretty young (present company excluded) so that I have been able to spend so much time with my grandparents. My Nernies, as I call him, has had an adventurous life touching every continent, spanning multiple careers and callings. I’ll get in to some of these stories more down the road, but for now, I’ll tell you that he is an accomplished chef. He began cooking on a Norwegian whaling ship as a teenager and picked up quite a few specialty dishes along the way.

This is nothing fancy, just a big bowl of potato salad. I love the shredded carrots – makes it a bit sweet! Feel free to halve the recipe if you’re not serving a big crowd. This makes a large bowl, perfect for a cookout!


3 lbs potatoes, peeled
3-5 eggs (to your taste! I like a lot of egg)
1 Spanish onion, finely diced
3 medium sized carrots, grated
1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Boil a very large pot of water. Cut any large potatoes in half so they are all roughly the same size. Add the potatoes and a generous sprinkle of salt. Turn down to medium high and let simmer. Begin checking them for doneness around 15 minutes. You want the potatoes to be firm so they hold their shape in the salad, but still able to be pierced with a fork.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, add cold eggs to cold water. Bring to a boil. As soon as the water is rapidly boiling (I consider this definition to be water that is jumping in the pot), remove the pot from the element. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and set aside for 11 minutes. Make sure to set a timer! You don’t want overcooked grey-green eggs.
  3. When the potatoes are finished, strain them and let them cool.
  4. When the timer goes off for the eggs, drain them and plunge them in ice water. After a couple of minutes, peel them under cool running water.
  5. Chop the eggs and potatoes in to little chunks and toss them in a large bowl. Add the grated carrots, finely diced onion, miracle whip, and salt and pepper. Give it a big stir and taste. Needs more salt? Go for it! Kinda sticky and hard to stir? Add more Miracle Whip!


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