Region 8 Woman to Appear on GMA for Emeril's Potato Salad Challenge

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Hungry? How about potato salad! Because a Blytheville woman may have the best potato salad in the United States!

She's Cathy Fondren.  Cathy whips up a unique, yet delicious version of an American classic.

Now, she's going to New York City to let Emeril Lagasse check out her's and others' potato salad on Good Morning America!

From, here's how she does it:


8-10 large baking potatoes (such as Idaho or Russet), unpeeled and left whole
3 eggs
8-10 slices of bacon, cooked & crumbled
8 oz. cream cheese at room temp
6 oz. sour cream
1 c. mayonnaise
¼ c. yellow mustard
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1 small jar sweet Gherkin pickles, chopped
2 to 3 tbsp. sweet Gherkin pickle juice
1 small jar pimentos, drained and chopped
1 16oz. block sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Place potatoes in large pot and cover with water. Boil until fork tender and drain. Shock potatoes in a large bowl of ice water to stop cooking process.

2. Hard boil eggs. Let cool, then chop.

3. Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, mustard and salt & pepper to taste. Then add chopped Vidalia onion, chopped pickles, pickle juice, pimentos and grated cheddar cheese.

4. By now your potatoes should be cool enough to peel and cut into cubes. After peeling and cubing, add to the creamy mixture. Toss to combine.