Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ranch Potato Salad

So let me tell you about this incredible potato salad I made... Jeff's parents and grandmother came for a visit, so I thought I'd make burgers and tater salad. Thing is, I don't think I've ever made plain old potato salad - I always tried some weird recipe and it ended in an epic disaster. So I called Mom to see how she made hers and went to get the stuff. Problem: I forgot the relish. So I threw caution to the wind and instead came up with this version, which was sooooo good! I may wind up making it all summer, I liked it so much!

Note: as usual, ingredients are something of a guesstimate. I used both mayo and Miracle Whip because I didn't want to use up all of either of them - it could definitely be an either/or thing. Also, we buy the Ranch seasoning in big containers instead of little packets, so I'm guessing on the amount there, too. Doesn't really matter - just get it to a consistency you like. It's hard to mess it up, I promise. It's ridiculously simple. :)

Ranch Potato Salad

2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, diced in 1-in pieces
4 hard-boiled eggs, smooshed
3/4 c. mayonnaise
3/4 c. Miracle Whip
1/4 c. Ranch seasoning mix (probably about two packets)
1/2 lb. bacon
coarse ground black pepper

In a large saucepan, cover potatoes with water and boil until softened, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, coat bacon generously with black pepper and cook until crisp. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, combine mayo, Miracle Whip, and Ranch seasoning. In a large bowl, combine potatoes and eggs. Stir mayo mixture into potatoes until thoroughly coated. Chill at least 1-2 hours. Just before serving, crumble bacon and stir into to potato salad.