Condensed-milk potato salad

Condensed-milk potato salad

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  • 6 to 8
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • Fairview Straw Wine
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  • 1.5 kg potatoes (I use the small Mediterranean ones)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (I use Hellmann’s because that’s what my mom always used)
  • ¼ cup condensed milk
  • ½–1 t mustard powder (to taste)
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced (optional)

Cooking Instructions

Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes until cooked but not mushy. Leave to cool, then remove the skins.

Cut each potato into 3 pieces and set aside.

Mix the mayonnaise, condensed milk, mustard powder and onion and pour over the potatoes. Garnish with the radishes.

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Cook's note: This is based on a recipe by Reuben Riffel, who makes his potato salad according to his wife's family recipe. It is insanely delicious. Down with salad snobbery! I’ve added radishes because their bright pink colour brings me joy. Also, my ma would approve, even though she would disagree about the condensed milk.

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Cape Town-based writer Sam Woulidge is a regular TASTE columnist, blogger and author of 'Confessions of a Hungry Woman'. Follow her on Twitter @samwoulidge

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    Merlyn Glass
    September 27, 2020

    Always Hellmans. NEVER condensed milk! I add sour cream, chives, dill and dijon mustard too. Sometimes gherkins. And a bit of either paprika for the scaredy cats or cayenne pepper for me!

  • default
    September 10, 2019

    No! Just No…

  • Dhiveja Sundrum
    September 10, 2019

    The condensed milk is such a clever addition – my mum also makes it like that. She adds crispy bacon and walnuts too… It’s quite marvellous.