Best Potato Salad EVER (Everything gets better with bacon!)
This is not your mama's traditional potato salad... it's mine!
I used to not really like potato salad for 2 reasons: the mayo and the mustard. So, if you have a recipe that you think has a little too much of either in it, you are looking for some different flavor and you love our (my mom's and mine) secret ingredient, BACON, then you will love this potato salad.
My husband likes to put his potato salad under the gumbo (Click this link for the recipe for gumbo!)as a substitute for rice. Try it out! It is delightful!
Get your pen ready- Here is your grocery list!
- 6 eggs (1 a person)
- 6 potatoes (1 a person)
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped (or more if you like)
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise (add until creamy)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp dill relish (add to taste)
- A few FINELY diced celery stalks for added crunch (not necessary though)
- Salt and pepper to taste (add last)
- POTATOES First, wash your potatoes and peel MOST of the skin off of them. Next put them in a pot to boil until they are soft enough to easily stick a fork in them. Put them in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. I like them to be as mashed as possible with few chunks- decide how you want them and change it up if you prefer. Put into large mixing bowl.
- EGGS Boil all 6 of your eggs and take the shells off of them (eggs will begin to float when boiled). You will only be using half of the egg whites and all of the egg yolks. Chop the 3 whites and set them aside. Take the egg yolks and put them in a small bowl. Begin adding olive oil, a little at a time, and stir until you almost have a creamy paste. Add to the potatoes.
- BACON I do my bacon in the microwave on paper towels (top and bottom) so that you can soak up some of the grease. Chop them up and add them to the mix.
- GREEN ONIONS Chop your green onions and toss some in- I normally just add a handful, mix then add more if it looks like you need a few more in there.
- TO TASTE Add the dill relish (about 1 tbsp at a time). Taste it to see if you need to add more.
- Next, add the mayonnaise, also about a tbsp at a time. You do not need much, just enough to give the potato salad a smoother consistency.
- Next, if you want to have a little crunch in each bite, finely dice the celery, toss is in a handful at a time until you have the right amount of crunch for your liking.
- Salt and pepper, I always add at the end and never add too much. You will be surprised at how little it really needs once the bacon and olive oil are in there.
- MIX IT UP Now all that is left to do is mix it up and eat!!