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Friday, May 4, 2012

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Photo courtesy of my Mac.
  Potato salad is one of the most common side dishes at cookouts and family gatherings. It's often nice to try a new twist on an old classic. I'm always trying new ways to give an old recipe a new spin. Often, simple little things can easily give a dish a whole new flavor. Bacon and Ranch dressing are a great combo to use with potatoes.


Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
8-10 small new red potatoes
kosher salt
ground black pepper
2 slices bacon
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 red and green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic (optional)
sprinkle of celery seed (optional)
1/4 cup Ranch salad dressing (more or less to your taste)
1 T. chives

    Place washed potatoes in large pot of cold water. Bring to boil and cook until fork tender. Drain. Let cool for 15 minutes or until you can easily handle, but still warm. Cut potatoes in half and then again in quarter, so that you have bite sized pieces. Put in to medium  bowl and sprinkle with salt.
    In small skillet, cook bacon until done. Remove to paper towel to drain. In bacon fat, saute' onion, peppers and garlic. Cook, stirring often until veggies are soft and lightly browned. With slotted spoon, drain and add to potatoes. Sprinkle with pepper and celery seed if using. 
   Stir in Ranch dressing and add chives. Let cool in refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be served hot or cold. Serves 6.

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