Thursday, July 22, 2010

Decadent Potato Salad Recipe

Potato Salad is a must have at bbq's and parties and is right up there with the meat and beer in essentials. There never seems to be left-over potato salad at my place after a get-together and clean plates are the clearest indication of appreciative tasters.  There are hundreds of different recipe's for potato salad - this one is quite decadent in its use of scrumptious ingredients and full flavored taste and is one of my favorites.  Don't wait until your next gathering to enjoy potato salad  make some today. It's a fabulous side dish and the perfect salad to put in your picnic basket next time you are lucky enough to go on a romantic or fun family picnic.  Just remember to make plenty because it will be gobbled in an instant.

Decadent Potato Salad
Image:  Decadent Potato Salad by S. Hensley Copyright Orsons Retro      
5 - 6 washed new potatoes, peeled and cubed bite size
2 tablespoon red onion, diced finely
2 bacon slice
3 boiled eggs
3 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoon mayonnaise
4 tablespoon rough chop shallots
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper

Step 1
Step 1 is in 3 parts -A,B,C. A)  Boil washed, peeled potatoes in salted water with a clove of garlic for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are just starting to go soft. B)  In an oven pre-heated to 200 degree Celsius cook bacon for approximately 20 minutes until crispy.  C)  Boil 3 eggs in cold water.  Boil for 2 minutes and remove.  Allow to stand in the hot water for 12 minutes.  When crispy remove bacon from oven.  After potatoes have cooked remove from heat and strain water.  Allow all to cool, place in refrigerator for at least half an hour.

Step 2
To make dressing:  In a separate bowl add mustard, sour cream, mayonnaise, red onion, shallots, salt and pepper and combine, cover and place in fridge.

Step 3
Peel cooled boiled eggs and halve or chop to the size you like.  I just halved mine.

Step 4 
Combine the potatoes, egg, bacon and dressing well.  Taste and ensure it has enough seasoning and if it doesn't add more.  Serve with a smile.
Hints:  With so many great potato salad recipes out there why not try out a few new ones every now and then.  Smoked salmon instead of bacon is a lovely change I can recommend for this exact recipe, also anchovies instead of salt is a decadent exchange that works deliciously.  Low fat ingredients can easily be substituted and will still taste wonderful.  Have a party or bbq soon?  Why not make this the night before to save time.
Image: Decadent Potato Salad (2) by S. Hensley Copyright Orsons Retro

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