Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Emeril's Hot Potato Salad with Bacon and Ham

Emeril's amazing potato saladOh my goodness, was this ever good! It's a recipe from Emeril's new book Emeril at the Grill. I found this recipe on a great blog called Whipped by Caroline - you should definitely check it out.

True Confession Time, I've watched Emeril cook a gazillion times, but this is actually the first recipe of his that I've ever made. If his other recipes are half as good as this one, I'll have to add a few of his cookbooks to my collection!

I made the recipe almost exactly as stated below, with just a couple of very minor changes. I didn't have any creole or whole-grain mustard on hand, so I subbed dijon. I also had about 1/2 c. cubed grilled ham leftover, so I threw it in, and wow - what a combo with the mustard!

The recipe says you can serve this salad warm or cold. Since I'm usually a cold potato salad kind of girl, I thought I would like this one best cold, but nope, I actually preferred it warm. Also, next time I make this salad (and there will be a next time), I'll increase the potatoes to 2.5 or 3 pounds. I like a higher spud to dressing ratio.

Hot Potato Salad with Bacon and Ham
adapted from Emeril at the Grill

2.5 - 3 pounds small red potatoes, cut to bite size pieces (E calls for 2 lbs)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
4 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard (E likes creole or whole-grain)
4 strips crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 cup cubed ham

Put the potatoes in a saucepan and add enough water to cover, add a little kosher salt for flavor, and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 minutes, until for tender.

While potatoes are cooking, prepare the dressing. In a large bowl, combine mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, cayenne, and lemon juice; mix to combine. Add drained potatoes and remaining ingredients; toss and serve warm. Leftovers are also good cold, but I think it's best served warm.


15 comments:

  1. Ohh this is up my German blooded alley! This looks soo good!

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  2. Ohhh...I rushed right over when I saw the ingredients...potatoes, bacon and ham...how could you go wrong? And Emeril to boot! Bam! I will try this one...thanks!...Debbie

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  3. Oh yes ladies.... it's really good!

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  4. Salad looks delicious, I love everything with bacon. Well, go to my blog and check at the post that someone left me regarding a Class with Chef Toba Garret!! oh my God!!

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  5. I have an old family recipe for potato salad that is very hard to beat. It always gets rave reviews and I'm always asked to bring it to get-togethers so I've never even considered trying another recipe......until now. This does look absolutely scrumptious!

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  6. Hi Shari - I know what you mean! But believe me, this one is super yummy and I can't wait to make it again!

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  7. This does sound yummy. I'll have to try it.

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  8. I've never tried any of Emiril's recipes either, this sounds really good!

    Let's try to get KD to continue this throughout July and August, I have more recipes to share and I'm enjoying these new recipes!

    Katherine

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  9. This is one I'm definitely going to try! YUM! :-)

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  10. Oh my!!! Yummy...yummy...yummy!!! I love Emeril..and this sounds and looks delicious!!!
    I am definitely trying this one!!!

    Enjoy!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  11. I came acroos your site through My Food Rocks and really impressed with the recipe, made out of the humble and underrated ingredients such as potatoes. Wow, awesome!

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  12. It'sfunny to see my previous comment!

    This still looks sooooo YUMMY! I haven't made it yet...but it is still on the list:)!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  13. I have to try this. It has all my favorite ingredients. As we are entering summer here in Montreal its perfect to bring to BBQ. Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower!

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  14. Hi my friend...

    Oooh...I love hot potato salad! Your recipe looks and sounds absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing it with us this week for Sunday Favorites...great post, Darlin'!

    Have a marvelous Monday!
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...so sorry that I'm just now getting by! I had to go out of town yesterday! Thanks for joining in with SF!!!

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