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.


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

  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

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

  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!!

  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!

  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!

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

  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!


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

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


  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!

  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:)!


  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!

  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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