CURRENT ISSUE:  OCTOBER 2023

Cooking Up a Hooley in the Kitchen: Another Way to Make Potatoes

I think I have mentioned before that my husband is a meat and potato eater. He likes it all simple, plain, and tasty. So, it is a good thing he married an Irish woman who can cook potatoes a thousand ways. I am trying this slightly different take on potato salad out on my in-laws.

This is a traditional potato salad but adding some elements of baked potato toppings: bacon, cheddar cheese, chives, and sour cream. With the weather warming and picnics starting up, this potato salad will be a great dish to serve.

Baked Potato Salad

Ingredients      Makes 6 servings.

2 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 pounds Red Potatoes
1 cup Celery
3 large Hard-Boiled Eggs
¼ cup Fresh Dill
½ cup Fresh Chives
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Cooked and Crumbled Bacon
½ cup Mayo – I use Dukes
½ cup Miracle Whip
2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
¼ cup Sour Cream
¼ cup Granulated Sugar
2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 teaspoons Black Pepper
Salt to taste and season the water for potatoes.
Paprika for sprinkling for color.

Directions:

Chop all the potatoes into bite-size pieces. I leave the skin on for color and texture. Boil them in a large pot of generously salted water until soft. Drain and allow to cool completely.

You can even make them ahead of time and refrigerate them.

Boil the three eggs until hard-boiled. Peel and chop the eggs.

Chop celery.

Cook and crumble the bacon.

Dice up the chives and take dill off the stems.

Toss all of this in a large bowl and mix gently to avoid mashing the potatoes.

Add in the cheddar cheese.

Make the dressing by combining the mayos and mustards, sour cream, sugar, garlic powder, pepper, and salt.

Taste the dressing to make sure it is just the right amount of savory with a touch of sweetness. Stir the dressing into the potato mixture. Make sure it has a good amount to coat everything but not too much so that it becomes too soupy. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle paprika on top for a bit of color.

*Katie is an English teacher at Trinity High School by day and in her “spare” time runs her own at-home baking business, Sassy’s Sweets and Oh So Much More, specializing in gourmet cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and pastries. She can be reached at [email protected]or (440) 773-4459

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