Thursday, June 04, 2009

How to make potato salad

Finally it's summer. It's time to clean off the barbeque, bring out the patio chairs and put your feet up. And it's time for some killer potato salad. Okay, so you're going to have to put your feet back down but just for a short while.

I've made potato salad many times and my standard recipe is good. But Kitchen Addiction's recipe for Bacon Chipotle Potato Salad is the best. The best! It's a killer potato salad. And the reason as you can probably guess is the addition of crispy back bacon and pureed chipotle peppers.

Potato Salad is such a classic summer dish because it's good cold. So you can boil the potatoes and eggs early in the day when it's a little cooler, chop up all the ingredients, mix it all together and leave it in the fridge to enjoy later in the day. It's another one of those dishes where you can add extra vegetables depending what you have on hand. Why not try adding some diced red pepper or tomatoes? Cucumbers or radishes?

Bacon Chipotle Potato Salad
(serves 6)

2 1/2 lbs. red potatoes
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup medium sliced back bacon, cooked, drained, chopped and chilled
1/2 cup mayonnaise (or more to taste)
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/4 tablespoons chipotle purée (place contents of canned chipotles with adobo sauce in blender or food processor; purée)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2 boiled eggs, roughly chopped
1/3 cup chopped dill pickles
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Gently boil cubed, unpeeled potatoes in water for 20 minutes, depending on size, until a knife or fork will just go through to the center. Set aside and cool for 5 minutes. Place in a bowl and drizzle with the white wine vinegar. Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.

Combine all the remaining ingredients together and then mix into potatoes. Taste for salt and spice. Add more salt if needed and more chipotle purée if desired. Serve or chill and serve!

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Classic Red Potato Salad
Need I say more? This is a classic potato salad, perfect for potlucks or barbeques.

Macaroni Salad
Macaroni pasta salad with red bell peppers and smoked salmon. This is a great dish to make for potlucks, or summertime lunch or dinner.

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