Potato Salad Sandwiches
Column and Photos by Ali Carter, Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary
We are familiar with potato salad as a main course’s most perfect side dish. We have all seen egg and tuna salad sammies, but potato salad sandwiches?
I can’t imagine I’m the only one who has never heard of placing potato salad between slices of bread and calling it a sandwich.
But it’s actually a thing, folks!
I first learned of the sandwiches from a girlfriend. As a longtime vegetarian, she had been making potato salad sammies for years and insisted that the idea was not as unusual as it might first sound.
Turns out she was right. A quick Google search confirmed that people all over the world are feasting on sandwiches stuffed with different cold potato fillings.
Stores and bakeries in Japan commonly have both potato salad and mashed potato options, and restaurants in Prague offer a bite-size version to hungry patrons.
I even stumbled upon dozens of blog posts and discussion threads by people in the States shouting their enthusiasm for potato salad sandwiches.
Today, I am sharing my take on this unusual (at least in my little corner of the world) sandwich—open-faced and layered with smoky ham, crunchy red onion, fresh tomato, hard-boiled egg and tangy pickle slices.
No real measuring is necessary; you simply add layers of deliciousness on top of toasty French bread. And there is no need to fire up the oven or bring out pots and pans because you’ll use potato salad left over from your Sunday dinner or store bought from your local deli.
Unusual or not, this sandwich is so good!
I recommend you have a fork and knife handy. As Mr. Carter, a.k.a. my official taste tester, said as he worked his way through the potato salad sandwich in his hand, “Messy but good.”