Potato Salad Recipe
Old fashioned picnic Potato Salad Recipe ~ potatoes, hard boiled eggs, ramped up with crispy bacon, blended with creamy real mayonnaise.
When spring hits we switch menus at our house ~ no more meatloaf, gravies and thick soups for a while ~ now we’re all about grilling and one of our favorites I can’t seem to make enough of, Potato Salad.
It isn’t Memorial weekend, 4th of July or Labor Day weekend without it and pretty much every couple of weeks throughout the summer. I’ve made it so many times I could whip it up with my eyes closed, but since it requires the use of a sharp knife I leave them open
I’m kind of a potato salad snob and I’ve turned my family into PS snobs, too. I’m not proud of it, but it’s true. This is a classic, old fashioned version ~ nothing fancy ~ but if your grandma made potato said, chances are it tasted a lot like this one and like grandma’s, it’s the first thing to disappear at any gathering.
I make no apologies for this non-lo-cal, non-figure friendly Potato Salad Recipe, nor should you. If you’re wondering if you can shave a few calories using light mayo and have it still taste good, sadly the answer is no. The bold flavor of full fat mayo adds just the right touch to this classic dish.
I’ve been making this Potato Salad Recipe pretty much since the dinosaurs roamed the earth. A while back I decided to add bacon because well, it just seemed like the right thing to do and I haven’t looked back.
I like Yukon potatoes, but if I have russets on hand, they work just fine, too. If you’re using russets you’ll want about 5 medium or about 2 pounds of Yukon’s.
Potato Salad Recipe Ingredients:
- Approximately 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes or 5 medium size russets
- 2 eggs, hard boiled
- 1/2 cup of diced onion
- 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
- 1 1/2 cups of Hellman’s mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard (hot dog/ball park type)
- Small sprinkle of salt (no more than 1/4 teaspoon)
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground (dry) mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon of dill (fresh or dry, same amount)
- 3 slices of bacon cooked to crisp and crumbled OR 3 tablespoons of REAL Hormel bacon bits
- paprika (small sprinkle on top for garnish)
Cut the potatoes into chunks and cook with the skins on in boiling water seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. While the potatoes are boiling, hard-boil two eggs and dice the celery and onions.
When the potatoes are fork-tender, drain them into a colander and cool them to room temp. Dice the potatoes into bite-size pieces into a large bowl, leaving several of the potatoes with the skins on to give a rustic feel.
When the eggs are hard-boiled and cooled, dice them as well, adding them to the bowl.
Fold in the Hellmann’s mayonnaise (the amount listed is correct), dill, pepper, mustard, ground mustard and a small sprinkle of salt.
The mustard used is the kind you’d find at the ball park.
Last stir in the bacon. If you have the time and want to fry your own bacon, please do, but a lot of times I use bacon bits that I crisp up in the microwave for about 10 seconds before adding them to the salad ~ no shame, just good flavor, but make sure they’re real bacon bits, not artificial.
Vigorously blend the potato salad with a spoon giving it a good, hard stir to smash some of the potatoes, leaving the rest in their diced form creating a really creamy, delicious ~ where have you been all my life ~ Potato Salad Recipe.
If too many chunks remain, use the side of your spoon to break them up. Once it’s completely blended, give it a taste and if you like, add a bit more salt. Sprinkle a little paprika on top for a pop of color and chill it for at least an hour or two before serving.
We’re a cold salad all summer long household. Italian Pasta Salad is another favorite of ours with everything from burgers to ribs.
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Classic old-style Potato Salad like grandma's ~ potatoes, hard boiled eggs, crispy bacon, blended with creamy real mayonnaise.
- Approximately 2 pounds Yukon potatoes or 5 medium russets
- 2 eggs, hard boiled
- 1/2 cup onion , finely chopped
- 1/3 cup celery , finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise Hellman's recommended
- 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- Small sprinkle of salt (no more than 1/4 teaspoon))
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dill
- 3 slices bacon , cooked to crisp and crumbled OR 3 tablespoons of REAL Hormel bacon bits (crisped in the micro or skillet before adding)
- paprika (small sprinkle for the top)
Cut the potatoes and cook with the skins on in boiling water seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Hard-boil two eggs.
Finely chop the onion and celery.
When the potatoes are tender, drain them into a colander and cool to room temp.
Dice the potatoes into bite-size pieces dropping into a large bowl, leaving several of the potatoes with the skins on
Cool and dice the hard-boiled eggs into the bowl. Fold in the Hellmann’s mayonnaise, dill, pepper, mustard, ground mustard and a small sprinkle of salt.
Place the bacon bits into a small bowl, cover with a paper towel and microwave them for 10-15 seconds until they’re crisp then add the bacon bits to the bowl, combining.
Vigorously blend the potato salad, giving it a good stir, allowing some of the potatoes to smash while others remain in their diced form. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. Garnish with a light sprinkle of paprika. Refrigerate at least 1-2 hours before serving.