Well, well, well… if it isn’t here the potato salad with bacon recipe my friends always try to steal from me! I don’t blame them though; this is one of the easiest ways to prepare a potato salad, and the dressing is such a game changer.
So, stick with me for a couple of minutes, and let’s learn together how to combine more than affordable ingredients in order to make an incredibly tasty and creamy red potato salad.
Red Skin Potato Salad FAQ
As you probably expected, I will start with some basic info about this recipe. You already know how much I love to be informed and well-researched before I start cooking. That’s why I’ll share with you all the things I found out while preparing this red potato salad with bacon.
1. When Are Red Potatoes in Season?
Firstly, keep in mind that red skin potatoes are very popular veggies, so you should easily find them all year round at your local supermarket.
However, if you consider planting them in your own garden, do it 1 month before the frost date for best results. Red skin potatoes successfully grow throughout the year, but for best results, plant them around late January to early March. Finally, harvest your red potatoes 7-8 weeks after planting. Red skin potatoes grow to full size in about 100 days.
2. How to Make Low-Fat Potato Salad?
Firstly, instead of using full-fat sour cream and mayonnaise, you can go for low/no-fat versions. Additionally, you should consider using turkey bacon instead of pork bacon or even cut out the bacon at all. If you are not such a meat lover, keep in mind that bacon is not a necessary ingredient.
3. How Many Red Potatoes Are in a Pound?
If the potatoes are small (as the ones I used), there will be around 7-9 potatoes in a pound. On the other hand, if they are medium-sized, 4-5 potatoes will be just enough to make a pound. However, it really depends on the size of the potatoes.
I strongly recommend using a kitchen scale.
4. How to Serve the Red Skin Potato Salad?
This red skin potato salad with bacon is ready to be served after everything is mixed well together; that’s one thing I love about it. However, some people prefer serving it after letting it rest in the refrigerator. You can do whatever you like, it’s no rule here.
How to Make Potato Salad with Bacon
The moment of truth has finally come! Grab the ingredient list below and let’s rich this summerish salad full of flavors!
Ingredient List for Potato Salad
This ingredient list is for 8 servings. I usually prepare it when we host a BBQ or we respect any guests. However, you’ll notice in the attached photos I did not respect the amount of each ingredient. That’s because this time I prepared it only for me and my hubby and I didn’t want to waste any leftovers.
- 3 pounds of red skin potatoes;
- 5 eggs;
- 1/4 cup sour cream;
- 3/4 cup mayo;
- salt and pepper (to taste);
- 1 tablespoon vinegar;
- 1 teaspoon dill;
- bacon bits.
Red Skin Potato Salad with Bacon: Step-by-Step Recipe
- Quarter the red potatoes using a knife and a cutting board; keep the skin on.
- Boil the potatoes in water until tender.
- Prepare hard-boiled eggs using whatever method you prefer.
- Next, mash eggs with the red potatoes in a bowl using a fork or a potato masher.
- Now, mix together mayo, sour cream, dill, salt, pepper, and vinegar in a small bowl.
- Combine the dressing with the red skin potato salad.
- Finally, add the bacon bits for extra flavor and serve!
Finally, when it comes to storing this potato salad, avoid leftovers, as mayonnaise does not freeze well. This potato dish can be kept in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Also, remember not to leave it out on the counter for more than 2 hours.
Tips and Tricks when Making Potato Salad at Home
Now that you know how to prepare it, it’s time to find out how pro tips and tricks to rock this recipe!
Red Skin Potatoes Are the Best for Potato Salad!
The skin of red potatoes is really soft and thin, so in many recipes, you’ll see that they are cooked with their skin on. This potato salad recipe is no exception! The potato skin adds a really great texture, and it helps the salad keep its structure.
Also, keep in mind that waxy potatoes, like reds, golds or fingerlings are best for any potato salad recipe. They will hold their shape as they are boiled instead of falling apart.
Cut the Potatoes Before Boiling
One more thing to consider is to cut your red skin potatoes into quarters before you boil them. This will help them cook faster and also prevent them from falling apart. On the other hand, if you boil them whole, they would fall apart when cut in the end.
Also, as previously discussed, make sure to leave the skins on.
Season the Water Before Boiling the Red Skin Potatoes
Finally, keep in mind to add plenty of salt to the water, as the potatoes will absorb the salt while boiling. In this way, they’ll be seasoned from the inside out, making them full of flavor.
Yes, you can season the red potato salad when you’re mixing it too; however, you’ll never get the same amount of flavor as you will from seasoning the water.
Eat Your Potatoes!
Last but not least, there you have it: a tasty and hearty potato salad perfect for all your summer gatherings and BBQs! What do you think about it? Did you find it hard to follow the recipe’s steps? Did you go for the low-fat alternative of the salad? Did your family and guests enjoy it as much as my friends did? Tell me everything in the comment section below.
Furthermore, don’t forget that your input on everything I write about is extremely valuable. It really helps me know what you think and how you would improve my recipes. So, keep on asking any questions in the comments section. I will make sure to respond as soon as possible!
Also, if you want some more easy recipe ideas for your BBQs in the summer and all the fun getarings, give the following a try: