You know, for some forty-plus years, I've been taking this sweet potato salad to potlucks, church suppers, backyard parties, etc. It always seems to be a surprise to most folks, and it's also always a huge hit. True, it's nobody's idea of "gourmet fare" (including mine), and it's nothing like the fancy roasted sweet potato and black bean, etc., salads you were probably looking for, but it's darn sure tasty. I don't usually announce what it is - just say that I brought "potato salad" and let folks give it a go unaware. I've discovered that if I say up front it's sweet potato salad, some people will invariably say that they don't like sweet potatoes, and not even try it. When I don't announce what it is, those same folks will say, "I don't usually like sweet potatoes, but that was delicious."
So here it is, for what it's worth:
Sweet Potato Salad
1 large (1lb 10oz) can vacuum-packed sweet potatoes, drained
1/2 C finely-chopped celery
3 nice fat green onions, whites and tops, finely-chopped
2 heaping Tbls sweet pickle relish
1/4 C mayo
1/4 C Durkee's Famous Sauce*
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced, for garnish on top
6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
Mash potatoes, then add all ingredients except for sliced eggs, bacon crumbles and paprika. Stir until thoroughly combined. Turn into serving bowl. Top with sliced eggs, bacon crumbles and sprinkles of paprika.
Cover and chill well until serving time.
I haven't given out this recipe in a very long time. We moved a lot through the years and, the first time I took it to a party (decades ago), everybody wanted the recipe and I shared it freely. To my dismay, because it's so tasty and "different" and easy to make, it showed up at nearly every gathering I went to for the next couple of years until we moved away.
I haven't given it out much since then.
But now I'm an old gal and my days of "competitive entertaining" and proprietary recipes are long behind me. I hope all y'all make this.
And love it.
ETA: *Durkee's Famous Sauce is a staple in southern kitchens. In fact, recipes down here just call for "Durkee's" and everybody knows what you're talking about. It's a mustard-based mayonnaisey sauce. If you can't find it, I'm not sure what you can sub. Perhaps go online and see if there are any substitute suggestions.
And so I just did "go online" to find a substitute suggestion, and found this:http://www.food.com/...ce-clone-108402
Don't know which is the best, as I can just go to the store and buy Durkee's.
But if you can't, and if you want to try it, perhaps one of these will do the trick for you.
Edited by Jaymes, 23 May 2012 - 01:21 PM.