This is the perfect Labor Day weekend recipe

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This is the perfect Labor Day weekend recipe

Labor Day is here and that means it’s time to start planning a delicious menu for your last barbecue of the summer. Good friends and good food is all you really need to make for a successful party before we send the kids back to school and say goodbye to carefree summer nights.

When the guest list begins to creep up, creating dishes that don’t break the bank and feed a crowd can be a challenge. However, recipes that rely on items already in your pantry can really come to the rescue in a pinch.

This potato salad, perfected by a German grandmother, truly fits the bill. Five ingredients and less than $10, it’s simple yet packs a flavor punch. Even better? It tastes even better the day after it’s prepared. So you can make it early so party day is easier — or it's the perfect dish to bring if you're attending a gathering. Then all you need is some grilled German sausages (or these grillable items for people who don't want meat) and a cold beer. That’s what I call a perfect Labor Day.

Here's how to make this delicious potato salad.

Omi Anke’s German Potato Salad

  • 2.5 to 3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes (boiled, then peeled)
  • 1 small red onion, minced fine
  • 6 to 7 small Polish dill pickles, diced small
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons Grey Poupon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Allow potatoes to cool to room temperature and then cut into small cubes. In a large bowl, add potatoes, red onion and pickles. Carefully fold in mayo and mustard. Potatoes should not be overly dressed but you do want to taste the mayo and mustard. Add salt and pepper gradually to your liking. Remember, mayo and mustard both have salt, so use sparingly.

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Planning to make burgers for your barbecue? This $1.50 burger recipe is the perfect way to go.

Image: Anna F. Gass