Thursday, March 8, 2012

Southwest Potato Salad

English: Potato salad made with bacon. Deutsch...Image via Wikipedia
   Potatoes are a favorite at my house and should be a food group all by themselves. There are so many ways to fix them. I caught them on sale recently and now have a mass quantity to be creative with.
   Recently, I took my standard bacon potato salad and gave it a Southwestern twist my using a spicy Southwestern mustard, cilantro and paprika. There's nothing like some fresh cilantro for brightening up the flavor. If you like a little heat, add a touch of crushed red pepper.
 Tip - for easier peeling, cook potatoes in their skin and let cool.

Southwest Potato Salad
3 slices bacon
6-8 medium potatoes
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
kosher salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup Southwest Spicy Mustard
1/4 bunch or dozen or so cilantro strands
1 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)

  Wash potatoes and put in large pan. Cover by 2-3 inches with cold water. Bring to boil and cook until fork tender, about 45 minutes, depending on size. Meanwhile, cook bacon and then drain on paper towel. 
  When potatoes are done, drain and let cool until easily handled (stick in the refrigerator in a bowl if needed). Peel potatoes in small chunks and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill for a few hours for flavors to blend. Serves 8. Good served warm or cold.
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