She brought the dish to every luncheon, picnic, potluck dinner. Gail’s potato salad was a huge hit, and made its way into the Welcome Wagon cookbook. Her secret was bacon.
Is there really anything that is not made better by bacon ?
The full bowl of new red potatoes with creamy dill dressing was always topped by crumbled bacon.
But that was not the secret. While the potatoes were still warm, she added a few tablespoons of the reserved bacon grease. It made all the difference.
I’ve made it her way for many years since then, with pretty positive results.
There is no real recipe, it tastes a bit different each time, but the technique is constant.
When the forecast here was for several days of sun and springtime temperatures, I set out for the new red potatoes.
It is one of the many times that I have built a meal around a side dish.
It didn’t matter if we were to have BBQ, simple sandwiches or fried chicken, I was determined to find a main course to complement that potato salad.
It’s not just for holidays, picnics and parties.
It’s a dish that deserves to show up on ordinary days.