Introduction: Baked Potato Salad!
This is a no-mayo potato salad made with roasted red potatoes. It's the best ever.
Step 1: What You'll Need!
- 15-20 red potatoes
- 1 bunch green onions
- 1 strip of bacon for every two potatoes, I used 8.
- sour cream
- shredded cheddar cheese
- fresh garlic
- olive oil
- mustard powder (optional)
- smoked paprika (optional)
- salt and pepper!
Step 2: Wash Those Taters and Preheat the Oven!
Turn the heat up to 400 degrees F.
I normally just scrub mine and then leave them on a baking rack to dry most of the way. :)
Step 3: Cut the Taters and Prep for Oven.
Cut the smaller potatoes into eighths. Cut the larger ones to match the size of those pieces.
The most important part here is getting them all close to the same size!
Once they're cut, put them on the sheet pan and season generously with salt and pepper. Then, drizzle on a bit of olive oil and toss them so they're all a wee bit shiny.
These will go in the oven for 15 minutes!
Step 4: Prep the Onions!
Trim off the tops and bottoms.
Then cut them into 1/2 inch wide slices. Put them aside in the big mixing bowl. :)
Step 5: Prep the Bacon!
Cut the bacon into 1/2-3/4 inch strips.
Make sure all the fat has been cut through all the way. :)
Your potatoes should be done with their first 15 minutes now...
Step 6: Toss the Potatoes, Put in for Another 15 Minutes.
They should be getting slightly colored and wrinkly now. Just give a good toss and put them back in the oven.
Step 7: Cook the Bacon!
Get a large skillet and put it over medium/high heat.
Cook the bacon until the meat turns dark red and the fat goes a lovely orange color. Keep in mind it'll cook a bit after you pull it out of the pan so don't overdo it!
You may need to drain the fat a couple times while you're cooking - just pour it into a bowl or mug and let harden. You can either cover this and keep it in the fridge or chuck the solid fat into the trash. Your choice. :D
Drain the bacon on paper towels.
Step 8: Extra Credit: Garlic!
Empty all of the bacon fat from the pan except for a little less than a tablespoon or so.
Chop up a few cloves of garlic and saute them over medium heat until they get golden brown on the edges - be careful not to burn them! Keep the garlic moving!
Once the garlic is done, scoop it onto the paper towels. Notice you've also accumulated lots of yummy bacon fat and bits. NOM.
Step 9: Check the Taters Again.
This time they should be even more brown and wrinkly and smelling pretty fancy.
Toss them around and put them back in for the last 15 minutes. :D
Step 10: Combine the Onions, Bacon and Garlic!
The bacon and garlic will still be warm but not hot and everyone will mingle in the bowl and get delicious.
Now we just have to wait on the potatoes.
Step 11: Once the Potatoes Are Out...
let them cool for a bit (5-10) minutes or so and add them to the bowl. Mix it all together. :)
Step 12: Add the Sour Cream and Cheese + Spices!
I added a couple of handfuls of cheddar cheese, about 8 oz. (a small container's worth) of sour cream, a good shake of paprika and a couple pinches of mustard powder.
These amounts are really up to you. Just mess with it and go with your taste buds!
Mix this all until everybody's happy and coated with deliciousness.
Step 13: Check for Seasonings and Serve!
Or chill! It is also good cold.
I just made sure mine had enough salt and pepper at this point. Not much else to do but eat now!