Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Terrific Bacon Potato Salad

I don't want my kiddos to remember me as "the mom who always looked great and had it all together" or "the mom who was on top of the messes and ironed every piece of laundry".  I want them to remember me as the mommy who colored with them.  The mommy who made homemade food and invited their friends over for dinner on a whim.  Who could make impromptu parties out of watermelon and lemonade.  I can be that mommy.  That's not too tall an order.  It's being me.  If I can set aside the expectations I have of being those other moms it will be ok.

Betsi's Terrific Bacon Potato Salad

  • 7 large red potatoes (12 small red potatoes)

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 lb bacon

  • 1/4 c. fresh chopped parsley

  • 1/4 c. finely diced shallots

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced

  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar

  • 1 c. mayonnaise

  • 1 tsp. oregano

  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
     Clean and slice potatoes into 1/8" thick segments.  If using large potatoes, I like to cut these in half.  Put in stock pot and cover with cold water.  Bring to boil and boil for 15 minutes.  Remove immediately and drain in strainer.  Set aside to cool.

     Fry bacon in skillet until crisp but still tender.  Save 1 tbsp. of bacon grease aside.  Saute parsley, shallots and bell pepper in remaining grease in skillet until tender.

     Pour reserved, hot bacon grease into small bowl with vinegar.  It's very important that you use white wine vinegar, instead of just white vinegar.  The taste is so different in my opinion.  Add mayo and oregano and mix together.

     In a large bowl combine potatoes with shallot and pepper mix.  Crumble bacon over mix.  Cover with mayo mix and stir together adding salt to taste and fresh cracked pepper if desired.



  1. OK, here goes:
    1. I love you Besti
    2. You make me laugh
    3. You make me cry
    4. You are such a breath of fresh air
    5. I am still so fat it is ridiculous, but I totally want to eat a bowl of that potato salad
    6. I love the name of the potato salad
    7. You inspire me to be a better mommy
    8. Isaac's drawing is beautiful
    9. I love this blog
    10. I wish I was your neighbor

  2. Just wanted to say I love you Bets! Thanks for being who you are....your grace splashes over onto many more people than you may think. Thanks for being a blessing in my life!

  3. How blessed I am to be your Mommy, your friend, your kindred spirit!!