Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tempting Tuesdays ~ Loaded Potato Salad

As summer begins to creep it's way across the states, people begin getting together for cook-outs and functions with family and friends. Some of the things I enjoy most at these events are all the fabulous salads. This is a recipe that can be done quick or take hours depending on how you decide to prepare it. It is loosely based on several different recipes, so you can take what you want from it.


3 pounds potatoes
1/2 cup water
1 cup mayo
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 strips of crispy bacon, chopped into pieces
1 medium sized onion, diced
Salt and pepper

Additional items
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced or diced
1/3 cup Ranch dressing (reduce mayo added to 2/3 cup)

*Substitute 4 diced green onion stalks for medium onion to add a bit of color.

Dice potatoes into one inch cubes. I peeled these potatoes, but if you have red potatoes, just leave the skin on.

Place the cubes in a microwave safe bowl and add 1/2 cup water. Cook covered in microwave for 12 to 15 minutes. Use your own judgement on how firm you like your own potatoes.

Remove from the microwave and drain. Place in refrigerator for an hour to cool potatoes completely.

When cool, add mayo (and Ranch dressing if you like). Stir to get all the cubes completely coated.

Add cheese, bacon, onion, salt, pepper, and anything else you like then stir well.

Plate up a few scoops with your favorite fried chicken, ribs, or steak for the perfect side dish. Enjoy!

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