Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Potato Salad

So I make my potato salad a little differently than how most people make it. I have no idea where I learned it from, maybe my mom? But honestly, I don't remember her ever making potato salad growing up.

Regardless of where I learned it from, it's the way I like it these days, and this is how I make it...

- Potatoes

- Eggs

- Bacon

- Ham (the real stuff, not sliced lunch meat)

- Peas

- Mayo

- Salt

- Pepper

- Cheddar cheese (optional)

- Peel and boil or steam the potatoes until they're cooked through but not falling apart (a knife should go through it smoothly but still meet a bit of resistance)

- Drain the potatoes and dunk them in an ice bath to cool them down if you're short on time, or just set them aside and let them cool down on their own.
- Hard boil a few eggs and set aside or dunk them in an ice bath to let them cool.
- Crisp up some bacon and set aside to let cool.
- Thaw the peas if using frozen or cook them if using fresh.

- Dice the ham into 1/2 inch cubes.

- Peel then dice the eggs into 1/2 inch cubes.

- Crumble the bacon.

- Cut the potatoes into 1 inch cubes.

- If you're using cheddar cheese, either shred it or cut into 1/2 inch cubes, depending on your personal preference.
- Mix the potatoes, eggs, ham, bacon and peas (and cheese if you're using it) with enough mayo to coat everything.

- Season generously with salt and pepper.

- You can either serve it immediately or make it ahead of time, cover it, and store it in the fridge until chow time.


Reeni said...

This must be really good with bacon, ham and cheese in it!!!

MaryBeth said...

We love tater salad of all kinds....Looks great!

Jessica@FoodMayhem said...

OMG, this is the potato salad my mom made when I was growing up. I love it and it's great in soft white bread too (from Chinese bakery). Now I want some now!!!

Karine said...

This looks delicious and creamy! Thanks for sharing! :)

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Really nice! I love it as a *cold* side dish :) YUM!

Joanne said...

Potato salad is one of those things that can take so many different forms. Everyone has their own little variations! You've got some great ingredients in there.

lisaiscooking said...

Adding peas is a great idea! I have to remember this.

pigpigscorner said...

Love the look and sounds of this! Using hard boiled eggs is a great idea!

Daily Spud said...

I reckon everyone has their own way with potato salad - that sounds like a fine version!

Daziano said...

Interesting because that's how my mom likes to make it!

Alejandra said...

I love the addition of bacon!