Sep 9, 2009

Country Potato Salad

Filed under: potatoes,Recipes,salads,Sides — Kay @ 1:05 pm

It’s still summer here, giving me just enough time to throw in a few last summery dishes before we’re moving toward autumn at a rapid pace. Some time ago I posted my Kay’s Potato Salad—a typically Dutch mashed potato salad with a slight hint of fresh apple—but here’s a more American type of salad for those of you who cringe at the thought of mashed taters in your salad. It’s actually very undutch to eat a salad like this, big potato chunks with the skin still on, so don’t expect to find this in a lot of Dutch homes. Told you I’ve Americanized!

Since I’ve also slapped up a Country Egg Salad, it was only logical for me to come up with a Country Potato Salad as well! If you haven’t tried the egg salad yet, go on… make one right now, I’ll wait!

This one’s for all those guys who shudder and become really nervous as soon as they hear the word salad. Throw in some mayo, bacon, eggs and they’ll eat it, trust me!

 

Ingredients:

2 pounds red potatoes
3 hard boiled eggs
5 oz bacon
3 or 4 spring onions
7 tbsp mayonnaise
3 tbsp yogurt
1/2 tbsp coarse mustard
2 chicken bouillon cubes
black pepper
parsley
salt

Optional: honey

 

Directions:

About 2 pounds pretty red potatoes. They are called Roseval potatoes here. The best there are for a good ole potato salad. I gave them a scrub and cut the bigger ones in half.

 

Don’t mind me, just shamelessly flaunting my new toys; nested magnetic measuring spoons. They even came with 1/2 a tbsp! I’m so in love.

 

I add 2 chicken bouillon cubes to the water, this will give the potatoes a wonderful flavor boost.

 

And I drop an additional tsp salt in there as well. I like my potatoes kinda salty when it comes to salads.

 

Boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes. Until tender but still firm. Drain them and let them cool off completely. I usually cook them sometime during the morning and store them in the fridge until I need them.

 

As soon as they’ve cooled off, cut them in bit-size pieces.

 

Cook the bacon until crispy brown and drain on a paper towel. Really into bacon lately.

 

Boil water in a saucepan, place the eggs in there and cook them for 8 minutes straight. Run cold water over them.

 

Slice 3 or 4 spring onions. Mine were very petite, so I opted for four of them.

 

Combine the potatoes, spring onions and crumble the bacon in there as well. But only if you’ll serve the salad right after preparing it. Otherwise you’ll want to stir in the bacon right before serving to keep it crunchy.

 

Cut the eggs in coarse pieces and add them.

 

Grab a bowl and combine 7 tbsp (low-fat if you like) mayonnaise with 3 tbsp yogurt, 1/2 to 1 tbsp coarse mustard, 1/4 to 1/2 a tsp salt and loads of black pepper.

 

This is completely optional, but I like to drizzle a little honey in there as well. It adds a lovely flavor as well as a slight touch of sweetness.

 

Pour the dressing over the potatoes.

 

And carefully combine all ingredients.

 

Last but definitely not least, add some finely chopped flat-leaf parsley. You can use curly parsley as well, I just really like the flavor of flat-leaf parsley, it’s kinda earthy.

 

I absolutely love this salad. It’s simple, tasty, and calls for basic ingredients but it’s absolutely brilliant when served with a nice, juicy steak, grilled chicken or even pork chops. I also love how my intro & end shots turned out… just sayin’!


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    32 Comments »

    1. 1

      Lovely, Key! however, any advice what could be bacon replaced with? i dont eat pork! altho bacon is so yummy and crunchy :(

      Carina on Sep 9, 2009 @ 1:22 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Looks amazing, love the bowl as well!

      Carolin on Sep 9, 2009 @ 1:26 pm Reply
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      Kay, this looks terrific. My husband will love this potato salad. When I was reading the recipe, I was wondering what you were going to do with the chicken bouillon. That is a great idea. I can’t wait to try this. I have a suggestion for Carina…I guess she could use turkey bacon…my sister uses it for her family because the guys won’t eat pork either. But I never touch the stuff, I don’t think there are any real substitutes for bacon.

      Andilynn on Sep 9, 2009 @ 2:20 pm Reply
    4. 4

      OMG Kay, this looks out of this world! I’m DEFINITELY trying this one. The photography is just amazing.

      Ricky on Sep 9, 2009 @ 2:31 pm Reply
    5. 5

      This looks great! Can’t wait to try it, my husband will love it.

      Liz Brooks on Sep 9, 2009 @ 4:14 pm Reply
    6. 6

      @Carina:

      I would probably just leave it out all together then, there’s no real substitute for it. You could try some grilled, shredded chicken, though.

      Kay on Sep 9, 2009 @ 4:32 pm Reply
    7. 7

      @Andilynn:

      You got me curious now. Turkey bacon, I don’t even think they sell that overhere!

      Kay on Sep 9, 2009 @ 4:33 pm Reply
    8. 8

      WOW! That looks delicious! I have been looking for a good potato salad recipe! Thank you!!!

      Julia Lombardo on Sep 9, 2009 @ 4:45 pm Reply
    9. 9

      Nice version of this! Definitely a keeper. I love your shots.. always loved your storyboards! :)

      Trish in MO on Sep 9, 2009 @ 5:32 pm Reply
    10. 10

      @Trish in MO:

      Thanks! Was getting a bit tired of the old ones so been creating tons of new storyboard actions. You gotta make some changes every now and then.

      Kay on Sep 9, 2009 @ 5:34 pm Reply
    11. 11

      …Hi Kay!*waving* Is there a reason for the yogurt, does it impart some sort of flavor or consistency into the dressing ’cause I was wondering if one couldn’t just increase the amount of mayo’ and omit the yogurt all together?

      …I’ve been looking for a really good potato salad recipe and I like the looks and sound of this one – thank you! :o)

      …Blessings…

      tj on Sep 9, 2009 @ 5:34 pm Reply
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      @tj:

      The yogurt makes it all taste a bit fresher and lighter, it adds to the flavor and creates a thinner sauce. But you can leave it out, too. I would probably add 1 or 2 tbso water then and mix it in with the mayo so that it’ll be more of a dressing than just mayo.

      Kay on Sep 9, 2009 @ 5:38 pm Reply
    13. 13

      Looks like a great, simple version. I am always AMAZED at your orange egg yolks! So healthy :)

      Debbie on Sep 9, 2009 @ 6:06 pm Reply
    14. 14

      OH DEAR- that is just TOO tempting!! I think I may have found myself a new recipe :)

      Jessica on Sep 9, 2009 @ 7:50 pm Reply
    15. 15

      Wow! What a glorious looking salad, colorful and summery and chock ful of good things (yay to bacon!)

      Baking Soda on Sep 9, 2009 @ 10:56 pm Reply
    16. 16

      You really have Americanized, using quite some bacon from time to time…
      But it looks lovely

      HH Man on Sep 9, 2009 @ 11:01 pm Reply
    17. 17

      Very nice spin on potato salad. I want some magnetic nesting measuring spoons! Those are great.

      Chris on Sep 10, 2009 @ 12:10 am Reply
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      @Carina:

      Depending on your location, Turkey bacon!

      Megan on Sep 10, 2009 @ 3:16 am Reply
    19. 19

      Yum yum yum!! Deze moet ik gaan proberen.

      Peejeej on Sep 10, 2009 @ 10:02 am Reply
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      I was reading the comments & I have a suggestion to TJ in regards to the yogurt. You might be able to substitute a tbls or 2 of buttermilk. It would also thin out the dressing and add a little tangy flavor like the yogurt imparts. I usually have buttermilk on hand for baking, I should start using plain yogurt in my cooking though. I hear the Greek style yogurt is good & a lot different from the regular plain yogurt.

      Andilynn on Sep 10, 2009 @ 2:18 pm Reply
    21. 21

      I love potato salad of all kinds. My grandmother used to mash hers much like your other recipe. But I like it anyway I can get it. This one looks especially good.

      Karen on Sep 10, 2009 @ 5:12 pm Reply
    22. 22

      That is one great looking potato salad! Boiling the potatoes with the chicken bouillon cubes is a great idea!

      Kevin on Sep 13, 2009 @ 1:26 pm Reply
    23. 23

      Great recipe! I love potatoe salad! I like the idea of adding honey.

      treehouse Chef on Sep 15, 2009 @ 8:50 pm Reply
    24. 24

      WOW!!! Deze ga ik morgen maken!! Lekker ziet dit eruit zeg! Ik ‘proef’hem gewoon!!!

      Cindy on Sep 20, 2009 @ 4:02 pm Reply
    25. 25

      Beautiful. Love your step by step directions.

      oneshotbeyond on Sep 29, 2009 @ 11:55 pm Reply

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