Well, depends on how big or small they are, Paul as to the cooking time.. I just use the fork trick…….And, Yes, I do let them cool off somewhat.
When I first started making potato salad, ages ago, I was the worlds best MASHED Potato salad maker!
Either that or rock hard…..[;)]
Mom taught me to put all the ingredients in the bowl, and then mix it up.. I used to stir it everytime I added something. Thats why I salt and pepper the spuds before putting them into the bowl..