Loaded Potato Salad

Posted on Feb 25 2015 - 6:06pm by guyfoodguru
Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

 Loaded Potato Salad

Prepare to be the hit of any party.  I’ve been hounded for years to release this recipe, now here it is. This is a potato salad like none you’ve ever had.  Think loaded baked potato with cheese, bacon, sour cream, along with red and green onions in a salad.  There’s a whole lot of prep and a lot of chopping but the compliments you receive are worth every bit of the work.

This recipe makes enough for a party (about 8-10lbs worth). Cut the quantities of everything listed here and below in half for a smaller, family size, batch of this delicious loaded potato salad

This is a great side dish alongside Sweet Coleslaw for a BBQ, for grilling, office potlucks, or with signature dishes like Smoked Brisket.

Day Before Prep Work

The day before I make loaded potato salad I microwave the potatoes to the same doneness as a baked potato, I hard boil the eggs, and I cook the bacon to where it’s very crispy but not burnt, then I put all of these in the refrigerator overnight.

Assembly Time

First, slice 5 pounds of fully cooked and cooled Yukon gold or red potatoes with the skin on, into bite size 1/2 to 3/4″ cubes.

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I add the cubed potatoes to a large stock pot or bowl.  You’re going to need a lot of room for adding ingredients and mixing so choose the largest container you have on hand.   DSCN0465

Next I add 8 chopped hard boiled eggs.

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Onto this I add in 1/2 of a finely chopped red onion and a finely chopped entire bunch of green onions.

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I run my crispy and chilled bacon through the food processor or chop and add these next. Yes, that is 2 pounds of bacon!

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An entire 16oz container (2 cups) of sour cream, and 2 1/2 cups of mayonnaise go in next.

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Now I add in 2 cups (a 16oz bag) of sharp cheddar cheese and a Tablespoon of hot sauce.

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The last things to go in are a 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

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Use a large spoon and gently stir to combine and even mix.

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Move all of the potato salad into a large bowl or I prefer large plastic locking lid food storage container.   Lightly sprinkle with paprika then store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

loaded potato salad

 

Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

Ingredients

    Warning! This list makes a party size batch of potato salad. Half of this is recommended for all other uses.
  • 5 pounds cleaned new red or Yukon gold potatoes
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 lb bacon
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped small
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups sour cream (16 oz container)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Paprika

Instructions

    PREP
  1. Boil potatoes until they’re tender but firm (about 15 min). Drain and set in the refrigerator to cool. Or, I prefer to clean and scrub the potatoes, poke them with a fork, and cook until soft in a microwave.
  2. Hardboil the eggs, soak in an ice bath, then put in refrigerator overnight.
  3. Cook the bacon until it's crispy but not burnt. Store in refrigerator overnight
    Assembly
  1. Peel chop the eggs and set aside.
  2. Run the bacon through a food processor or chop and set aside.
  3. Chop the cooked and chilled potatoes, leaving skin on (about 1/2- 3/4” chunks).
  4. Add to a large bowl, along with the eggs, bacon, cheese, and onion.
  5. Add mayo, sour cream, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
  6. Stir to mix
  7. Sprinkle with paprika
  8. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve
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