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bacon cheddar potato salad recipe

Bacon Cheddar Potato Salad

With cheddar cheese, bacon, scallions, and sour cream in every bite, Bacon Cheddar Potato Salad is summer barbecue comfort food at its best.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 6 to 8 servings
Calories 634 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 pounds Red Bliss potatoes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt , divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon , cooked crisp, drained, and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  1. Clean potatoes (don't peel) and place in a large pot with enough water to cover by 1-2 inches. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, until potatoes just start to become tender in the center when pierced with a knife or skewer. 

  2. Remove from heat, drain potatoes into a colander, and return the potatoes, in the colander, to the pot. Cover colander with a kitchen towel and the pot's lid, and let the residual heat steam the potatoes for 15-20 minutes. Remove lid and towel and let potatoes stand at room temperature until cool enough to handle.*

  3. Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking together mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Add scallions, parsley, and about 3/4 of the crumbled bacon (reserving the rest for garnish), and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Cut potatoes into about 1-inch cubes and add to dressing, gently tossing to coat. Gently fold in cheddar cheese. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Refrigerate at least an hour and serve, garnished with remaining bacon, and additional sliced scallions and grated cheddar, if desired.

Recipe Notes

*If there's any trick to making potato salad, it's determining the right amount of time to cook the potatoes. Too long of a boil and the potatoes will break up upon assembly. Too short, and your guests will crunch on undercooked interiors, which ruins the potato salad party just as much as a mushy spud.

Over the years, I've found Ina Garten's technique for cooking potatoes to be pretty consistent in its results. For even cooking, choose smaller potatoes from the bin that are roughly the same size. Boiling times will vary. Large potatoes can take up to 25 minutes on a gentle simmer before their centers start to become tender.