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Southern Style Ultimate

Bacon Potato Salad

Southern Potato Salad with Bacon, Onion, Dill Pickles and Hard Boiled Eggs

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Indulge in a harmonious blend of flavors with our creamy potato salad. Boasting the perfect balance of richness and tang, this delightful dish features tender potatoes embraced by a luscious coat of mayonnaise, enriched with the savory goodness of crispy bacon, the delightful crunch of onions, and the zesty kick of dill pickles. To add a touch of nostalgia, we've adorned it with comforting chunks of hard-boiled eggs. Each spoonful is a blissful symphony of textures and tastes, making this potato salad a true crowd-pleaser, perfect for any gathering or family get together.


Perfect for parties, potlucks and large crowd get togethers.
For large-crowds be sure to double the recipe! I guarantee no leftovers!~

You Will Need

9 Potatoes

2 Cups Water 

1 cups Mayonnaise Salad Dressing

1 Cup Real Mayonnaise
1 1/2 cup dill pickles
1 pound bacon
1 Medium Onion
6 Hard-Boiled eggs
Season Salt (or salt and pepper)

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Instant Pot Potato Salad Directions
Stovetop Directions Below

Start by dicing bacon into bite-sized pieces, turn your saute on, and brown your bacon. When your bacon is finished move to another dish and set aside Peel and dice potatoes. Put them in your steamer basket, and pour enough water into your instant pot to cover potatoes, lay 6 eggs on top. (more if you want to layer the top with eggs) Place your steamer basket into your instant pot and put the lid on, make sure you are on sealing and not venting and press manual for 10 minutes. When done, instant release, wait till your pin goes down, open your lid away from you,  and remove potatoes and eggs. 

Peel eggs and dice, then get your food processor out and pulse onions and pickles until small but bite size (about 5 or 6 pulses)

Add all to a bowl and add Mayonnaise. 

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Stir to combine, when you get it all mixed up, take a whisk (or potato masher) and chop about 8 times into your potato salad (you want small bite-size potatoes and this also makes the potatoes creamy.

(you just don't want mashed potatoes, so please don't over do it )

If laying eggs on top slice and place then sprinkle season salt (OR) salt and pepper on top YUM~ Enjoy!

Note: Refrigerate for a few hours to get cold,

if you like it warm eat right away 

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Diced Onion Potato Salad
Chopped Pickles for Potato Salad
Chopped Bacon For Southern Potato Salad

Should you make potato salad the night before?

When possible, make potato salad the day before you plan to serve it. However, if you don't have time to make it a day ahead, refrigerate the potato salad for as long as possible before you plan to serve it.

Stove Top Potato Salad Directions:

1. Add potatoes to large pot and eggs to boil with potatoes, Cover with water. Bring the water to a boil then reduce to a low simmer. Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.

2.  Set up an ice bath. Add cold water to a medium bowl filled with ice. Drain the potatoes and add to the ice bath. When cool, peel potatoes Cut peeled potatoes into bite-size chunks then add to a large bowl.

3.Fry Bacon and dice into bite sized pieces. 

When eggs are cool, dice into bite sized pieces. (Don't go to small though.) toss in with potatoes. In a processor (or by hand) dice cooked bacon, onion, and dill pickles (all into bite-sized pieces) Pulse until it looks like a chunky relish. (not to small though) Add to your potatoes along with the rest of the ingredients. 

4. Mix all ingredients together well.  I normally use a potato masher and mash about 8 times up and down motion (just to break up larger potatoes.) and make it more bite sized.

5. Season the top with a season salt to taste.

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To store potato salad with bacon, onions, dill pickles, and mayonnaise, follow these steps:

  1. Refrigerate promptly: After preparing the potato salad, make sure to refrigerate it promptly to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Don't leave it at room temperature for more than two hours.

  2. Use an airtight container: Transfer the potato salad to a clean and airtight container. This will help keep the salad fresh and prevent it from absorbing other odors in the refrigerator.

  3. Keep it cold: Store the container in the refrigerator at a temperature of 40°F (4°C) or lower. The cold temperature helps maintain the quality and safety of the salad.

  4. Consume within a few days: Potato salad with mayonnaise and other perishable ingredients should be consumed within 3-4 days of preparation. Discard any leftovers beyond this period.

  5. Mix well before serving: When you're ready to serve the stored potato salad, give it a good stir to ensure that all the flavors and ingredients are evenly distributed.

Note: It's important to remember that mayonnaise-based potato salad can spoil more quickly than other types of salads. To extend its shelf life, you can reduce the amount of mayonnaise or store the dressing separately and mix it with the potato salad just before serving. This is especially helpful if you expect to have leftovers.

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Potato salad is a versatile dish that can be customized in numerous ways to suit different tastes and preferences. Here are some delicious potato salad variations to try:

  1. German Potato Salad: A warm potato salad made with a tangy vinegar-based dressing, often featuring bacon and onions.

  2. Southern Potato Salad: Creamy and comforting, this version typically includes mayonnaise or, mustard, pickles, and hard-boiled eggs.

  3. Red Potato Salad: Made with red-skinned potatoes, this variation often includes a simple dressing of olive oil, vinegar, and fresh herbs.

  4. Loaded Baked Potato Salad: Inspired by the classic loaded baked potato, this variation includes bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chives.

  5. Dill Potato Salad: Infused with the fresh and aromatic flavor of dill, this variation is often combined with a creamy dressing.

  6. Mustard Potato Salad: A tangy twist on the classic, this version features a prominent mustard-based dressing.

  7. Mediterranean Potato Salad: This variation incorporates ingredients like olives, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and a lemony dressing for a Mediterranean flair.

  8. Ranch Potato Salad: Creamy ranch dressing takes center stage in this variation, complemented by bacon, cheddar, and green onions.

  9. Cajun Potato Salad: Spiced up with Cajun seasoning, this version offers a zesty and flavorful twist.

  10. Avocado Potato Salad: Creamy avocado adds a unique richness to this variation, combined with lime juice and cilantro.

  11. Sweet Potato Salad: Substitute regular potatoes with sweet potatoes for a sweeter and slightly healthier version.

  12. Pickle Potato Salad: Packed with pickle slices and tangy brine, this variation delivers a burst of dill flavor.

  13. Greek Potato Salad: Featuring flavors of the Mediterranean, this salad includes cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and a lemon-oregano dressing.

  14. Curried Potato Salad: Infused with aromatic curry powder, this variation offers an exotic and spicy twist.

  15. Tex-Mex Potato Salad: Incorporate Tex-Mex flavors with ingredients like jalapenos, corn, black beans, and a cilantro-lime dressing.

  16. Honey Mustard Potato Salad: Sweet and tangy, this variation pairs well with smoky grilled meats.

  17. Blue Cheese Potato Salad: The rich and pungent flavor of blue cheese elevates this variation to gourmet status.

  18. Asian Sesame Potato Salad: Combine the earthy taste of sesame oil with soy sauce and rice vinegar for an Asian-inspired twist.

  19. Lemon Herb Potato Salad: Infuse the salad with the fresh and zesty flavors of lemon and a medley of herbs.

  20. Buffalo Potato Salad: For those who love heat, add buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing for a spicy and tangy delight.

Experiment with these potato salad variations to discover new flavors and combinations that suit your taste buds and make your potato salads stand out at gatherings, Potlucks, and large family cookouts, also it's great for parties! Great crowd-pleaser!~

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