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This recipe for one-pan tomato pasta is from Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.

Although a simple and popular dish, potato salad can be tricky to make. You need that perfect ratio of mayo to potato, and of herb to seasoning. Learn how to get that flawless potato salad right here. Right now.

Serves 12

Ingredients

Potato Salad

  • 5 lbs medium red-skinned potatoes
  • 1 medium white onion, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, preferably Hellman’s
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup sliced cornichons
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish (optional)
  • hard-boiled eggs sliced, for garnish (optional)
  • freshly ground white pepper

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of water and add a pinch of salt. Set steamer basket in pot, make sure water doesn’t seep through holes. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a rapid simmer.
  2. Add potatoes to steamer basket. Cover and steam until tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove potatoes and allow to cool slightly. Peel potatoes, and slice into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  3. Combine onion, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add potatoes and use a large rubber spatula to gently combine, trying not to break up potato slices. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add mayonnaise, buttermilk and cornichons. Add mixture to another bowl and repeat process of transferring potato mixture from one bowl to another to mix gently until well combined and creamy. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours; the mixture will thicken as it stands. Garnish with parsley and/or sliced hard-boiled eggs, if desired. Season with salt and white pepper.
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