The following text has been written already last New Year, but potato salad is an excellent dish to eat all around the year.
In Finland Frankfurters with potato salad have belonged to New Year’s celebration for quite a long time – if not as a main meal but more like a late night dish when the party continues into the small hours of the night. Formerly Frankfurters used to be a special and expensive delicacy of the upper class people and it mostly belonged to two festive occasions: New Year and the 1st of May.
The way I see it Frankfurters and potato salad still belong to Finnish cuisine specifically as a New Year’s serving, though it has been said that this food has totally lost its charm because of the increased living standards. Anyhow, Frankfurters are available for everybody and because no other traditional food has moved in to replace it, this custom has prevailed.
It is certainly is true that Frankfurters aren’t considered “fine food” anymore, and you can buy potato salad in any store whenever you want. However, we decided for once to follow the tradition and eat Frankfurters and self-made potato salad on New Year’s Eve. A salad that was so delicious that we will surely make it again throughout the year. Why in earth eat something this delicious only once an year!