Saturday, June 22, 2013

BK's Homemade Potato Salad

Last weekend, on a complete whim, I decided to try to make some homemade potato salad, and it really turned out well.  Wanted to give it another shot today, and document it so my dumb-ass can remember how to make it!!!

As per usual, when attempting to cook something new, I went on the Internet for some ideas.  But I rarely, if ever, use a straight recipe or ingredients.  I just like to browse for some ideas, get a good idea of the basic cooking times, and then just wing it.

Here are most of the ingredients I used:

5 eggs
5 medium sized potatoes (which was plenty)
Ranch Dressing
Honey Dijon Dressing (I hate yellow mustard with a passion, so used this in it's place)
Cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere's of course!!)
Hellman's Mayonnaise (just the regular old standard kind)
Sliced jalapenos (the jarred kind)
Sliced banana peppers (again in the jar)
Bacos or some kind of bacon .  I use those because they are meatless (have to cater to the vegetarians in the house) but they still add flavor.  Some real crumbled bacon would probably work great too.

The first thing I do is get the potatoes and eggs going.  Put the potatoes in a big pot and fill with water until they are covered by a few inches.  Get it on the stove and boil for 20-30 minutes.  The first time I think I overcooked them just a little.  This time I went with 25 minutes, since the potatoes were a little bigger.  That was plenty, and 20 might have been enough. Basically, if you can fork them easily, they are done.    After starting those, get the eggs ready.  Put them in a pot and fill with COLD water until they are covered by an inch or two.  I add a little salt and vinegar too, on a tip from THIS site, as before last week I had never hard boiled an egg before!!  Cross that off the bucket list!!  Bring them to a pretty good boil, then remove them from the heat and cover for 10-12 minutes.  Then put them in a bowl of ice water until they are fully cooled.

While the potatoes and eggs are cooking, I get the dressing prepared.

I use a glass measuring cup and get about 1 solid cup of mayo in there.  Add a splash of vinegar, about a table spoon of both dressings, some Cajun seasoning, the bacos, about a tbsp. of Cholula, a little salt, a spoon full of relish, and a tbsp of melted butter.  Then I chop up some of the jalapenos and banana peppers and add those. Dump the entire thing into a big bowl.

Then once the potatoes and eggs are ready, start peeling them and chopping them up.  Add them in to the dressing and mix everything up well.  Then, put into the fridge for a while and let it cool.  The peeling is always the worst part.  Since the potatoes are cooked, they peel kind of easily, but can still be a pain.  Peeling eggs sucks, or at least I suck at it, but since you are just going to chop it up anyway, it doesn't really matter so long as you get them all out, and there are no shells.  If anyone has any tips on how to make peeling potatoes and hard boiled eggs easier, I am all ears.

Anyway, it turned out great again!!!  One of the best things about it is, that the kids HATE it, so that just means more for me!!!!  Went great with the steak I grilled up. It's got some kick, but nothing major or too overwhelming.  Could definitely tone it up some if you want something spicier.  Definitely plenty of room for tweaking to conform to your own tastes.

If anyone ever tries this, let me know how it turns out.  I will definitely be making it again in the near future!!!




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