Perfect Potato Salad with Bacon & Egg
Part mashed so it’s creamy and delicious and part substance… to me that perfect balance. Forkful after forkful, that is what separates a good potato salad from a great potato salad! Plus, you can’t go wrong with bacon and hard boiled eggs.
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- 2½ pounds of potatoes (about 5 big potatoes)
- 1 cup real mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard (or other grainy Dijon)
- 6 strips bacon, cooked till crisp then cut or crumbled into small pieces
- 1-1/2 tablespoons of the bacon grease
- 4 scallions, sliced thin
- 3 large hard boiled eggs cut into 6 chunks
- Kosher salt & Pepper (be generous)
- A couple of shakes of Red (Cayenne) pepper
- Scrub your potatoes, leave the skin on and slice into bite sized pieces. Try to make them different shapes and sizes - vary from 1'' to 1½" chunks.
- Fill a large pot with water, add 1 teaspoon salt and cook potatoes over medium heat until a fork easily slides through them (almost a mashed potato consistency) about 20 minutes.
- While the potatoes are cooking, cook your bacon and reserve 1-1/2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.
- As soon as the potatoes are done, gently pour all of the hot water out of the pot, rinse the potatoes with cold water, then strain them into a colander and rinse some more.
- In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise and mustard and whisk until combined.
- Add the potatoes and gently toss till coated.
- Add the bacon grease, crumbled bacon, scallions, eggs, salt, pepper and Cayenne and toss until fully combined. Taste and adjust.
- By now your potato salad should be part creamy and part formed. If it is not creamy enough, gently use the back of a fork and mash up 15% of the salad, toss again.
- I like to make this at least 3 hours ahead of time to give the flavors a chance to mingle. You can make this the day before, however, add the scallions, eggs and bacon a few hours before serving. I also usually make a bit more of the mayo and mustard mixture to freshen and moisten the salad since overnight it becomes a little drier than I would like for serving.
- Like I always say - taste and adjust and make it your own!
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