Bacon and Potato Salad

May 31st, 2010

There are so many recipes for potato salad. The recipe I usually use is the one my Mother always made. It incorporates hard boiled eggs and pickle relish. She always used Miracle Whip as opposed to mayonnaise. You are either a mayonnaise or a salad dressing household. I always made my Son’s sandwiches with Miracle Whip until he ate a sandwich in a mayonnaise household. He came home and told me that Kathie made a much better sandwich than I did. He broke with tradition.

This potato salad recipe does not rely on Miracle Whip or jarred mayonnaise. Instead you make your own salad dressing in the food processor. The recipe appeared in a 1985 issure of Gourmet magazine. I love it for a change of pace and because it has lots of bacon in it. Because the egg is not cooked in this recipe be sure to use a pasturized egg to avoid the possiblity of salmonella.

I halved the recipe this time and it made enough for a small get together. I hope all of you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.


4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices
3 cups sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 pound sliced lean bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large egg
5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon style mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil

In a kettle cover the potatoes with cold water, bring the water to a boil, and add salt to taste. Simmer the potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are just tender when pierced with a fork, and drain them. Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl and add the celery, the scallions and the parsley. In a skillet cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring, until it is crisp and transfer it with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Reserve 1/4 cup of the bacon fat and let it cool for 15 minutes. In a blender or food processor blend the egg, the lemon juice, the mustard, the salt, and the pepper for 5 seconds, with the motor running add the oil and the reserved bacon fat in a stream, and blend the mixture until it is emulsified. With the motor running add 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water. Pour the dressing over the potato mixture, add the bacon and toss the salad until it is combined. Sprinkle the salad with salt and pepper to taste and serve it at room temperature. The salad may be made up to 3 days in advance and kept covered and chilled. Serves 6.

13 responses to “Bacon and Potato Salad”

  1. Big Dude says:

    That’s a delicious looking potato salad and I really like your kitchen. Have a good day on the lake – we may be in the rain here, but need it.

  2. Pam says:

    Your potato salad looks delicious! I will be trying it with that great sounding dressing and with all that bacon what could be better! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Kate says:

    This is the time of year for potato salad. Looks tasty!

  4. Making your own dressing sounds like the way to go. Bring on summer!!

  5. YOW… kicked that up a notch… bacon good!

    That is beautiful photos

  6. This potato salad really look delicious!! My family won’t eat potato salad, so I rarely make it, but I love to eat it at cookouts, etc. I want to keep the recipe for making it when I go to cookouts this summer. That homemade dressing sounds so good! Have a wonderful day! Love & blessings from NC!

  7. racheld says:

    I wonder if my dear German neighbor has heard of this—she treats us to some of her wonderful warm potato salad every now and then.

    Mayo using bacon fat as the oil for emulsion—now THERE’S an idea!!!

  8. Penny, what a delicious potato salad. Bacon makes everything better. I grew up in a mayonnaise house – my mother made her own. I didn’t taste Miracle Whip until I was almost an adult. It’s still too sweet for me.

    Hope you have a wonderful memorial day on the lake.

  9. Toni says:

    Is there ANY recipe which bacon doesn’t improve? Just the smell of it makes me hungry! This sounds terrific, Penny. Hope you and your family had a great Memorial Day!

  10. We are a mayonaise house here…

    That potato salad looks wonderful! Guess what? I did a cooking post today!!

  11. Sophie says:

    MMMMMMM,…that potato salad with the bacon looks so flavourful & refreshing too!

  12. Karen says:

    Now why have I never put bacon into my potato salad?? It sounds like it just belongs there! My favorite potato salad is potatoes, mayo, sliced green onions and black olives. Next time I make it, I’m adding bacon!

  13. Sam Hoffer says:

    Your potato salad looks fantastic and the more bacon the better for me. No mayonnaise works great for me!

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