Ultimate Loaded Potato Salad with Bacon, Feta Cheese, and Sour Cream

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Bored with your regular potato salad? Want a a version that will knock your socks right off your feet and make your tongue leap right out of your head?

If so, check our our loaded version. Complete with feta cheese and BAAAACON! How does that sound to ya?

Try this loaded potato salad! It's tasty enough that you could even use it for a main meal! http://foodal.com/recipes/comfort-food/loaded-potato-salad/ ‎

This version is good enough to serve as a stand alone meal, but will definitely be a huge hit at your next cookout or grilling festivity. It’s also great to pack in your picnic basket for those great outdoor activities.

Want a potato salad that sure to wow your friends and family? Look no further than this ultimate rendition. With sour cream, bacon, feta cheese and more!

And no, this is not a family secret passed down from 3x great-grandmothers ago to the first born and carefully guarded against recipe thieves, cowans, and eavesdroppers (I took a look at other potato salad recipes on the net and 80% claim that)!

An awesome recipe for loaded potato salad.

This is a variation that has been floating around for a while, and I have no idea who originally came up with it or even what the original list of ingredients were.

This is my version.

This loaded potato salad will rock your world! The tastes of sour cream, bacon, and feta cheese will make this THE most popular side dish at your next cookout or potluck! http://foodal.com/recipes/comfort-food/loaded-potato-salad/ ‎

If you don’t like that ultra-strong sickly mayonnaise taste of your typical potato or egg salad (though we highly recommend making your own homemade mayo, to give it a chance!), or KFC-like gunky coleslaw, then rejoice. This has something better.

Sour cream!

I used the light version, as I figure the copious amount of bacon included probably provides enough calories from fat.

The Best Loaded Potato Recipe

I like to use red potatoes for this for a couple of reasons. First, they are less starchy than your ordinary variety. Secondly, I like to leave the skins on. It keeps me from having to peel them, plus it adds a bit of color.

Keeping the skins on also leaves more of the vitamins and trace minerals intact. If I were to use another variety, I’d most likely peel them. Especially if they have any hint of green. Potatoes are part of the nightshade family and that green skin has a good dose of toxins that can make you sick.

This loaded potato salad is the best in comfort food and incorporates everything that tastes good - sour cream, feta cheese, and bacon. Make this at home today. http://foodal.com/recipes/comfort-food/loaded-potato-salad/ ‎

Same thing with the onions – use the purple variety. They add a hint of sweetness but most importantly they spruce up the eye appeal.

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Bacon. Get some premium thick cut stuff. This ain’t the time to cheap out. It’s the star of the show!

The Best Loaded Potato Recipe

I have no issue in claiming this is THE best potato recipe on the net. The only way to possibly make it any better would be to use fully leaded, premium, and 97 octane sour cream instead of the light stuff.

Be prepared for lots of recipe requests if you choose to serve it at your next get-together.

The Recipe

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Want a potato salad that's sure to wow your friends and family? Look no further than this ultimate rendition. Complete with sour cream, bacon, feta cheese, and more!
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10 people 20 minutes
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Get the best loaded potato salad recipe noew
The Ultimate Loaded Potato Salad
Votes: 3
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Want a potato salad that's sure to wow your friends and family? Look no further than this ultimate rendition. Complete with sour cream, bacon, feta cheese, and more!
Servings Prep Time
10 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 0 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds potatoes
  • 2 3/4 cups sour cream A 680 gram container
  • 1 pound chopped bacon About 18 slices, cooked and drained
  • 1/3 pound feta cheese crumbled (feel free to add more if you want)*
  • 1 cup sweet purple onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup bread and butter pickles chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper to taste
Servings: people
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Instructions
  1. Scrub the outside of the potatoes really well. Leave the skins on and cut up into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Boil them until tender, but not falling apart. Drain in a colander and allow to cool.
  3. While the potatoes are boiling, mince and chop the other ingredients.
  4. Add all of the ingredients minus the green onions and about 1/3 of the bacon to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Be gentle, you don't want the potatoes to break up.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle the remaining bacon and the green onions on top and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

*Shredded cheddar cheese also works well.

 

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Acorn Squash Stuffed With Apples, Nuts and Cranberries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 765 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 77%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Potassium 1476mg 42%
Total Carbohydrates 84g 28%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 28g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 34%
Vitamin C 78%
Calcium 22%
Iron 34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking By The Numbers…

Step One – Prepare the Ingredients

Wash and cube up your potatoes in roughly 3/4″ pieces. Boil until tender but not falling-apart tender. Dump into a colander and drain well. Allow to cool.

Step 1 - Cut up potatoes and boil in a stock pot

Cut the bacon into about one-inch pieces and fry until crispy. I’m using a carbon steel pan for this because I like the finish it leaves behind, plus they work like a treat on induction (that little burner below the skillet is a portable induction unit).

Step 3 - Fry Bacon in carbon steel skillet

Slice the the green onions. And before anyone asks, that knife shown below is called a mezzaluna, which means “half moon” in Italian. They are great for dicing and chopping.

Step 4 - Chop Ingredients with a mezzaluna

Dice your purple onions. I used a Shun Chinese cleaver for this, which I’m absolutely in love with.

Step 4b - Chop Onions with Chinese vegetable cleaver

Dice your bread and butter pickles.

Step 4c - Chop bread and butter pickle with Gyuto Japanese Chef's Knife
I love this Misono gyuto Japanese chef’s knife.

Step Two – Combine the Ingredients

Mix everything together including the potatoes, light (or heavy depending on your preference) sour cream, purple onions, most of the bacon, bread and butter pickles, and feta cheese crumbles. Reserve about 1/3 of the bacon and all of the chopped green onions.

Step 5 Mix ingredients

Step 3 – Plate and Present

Scoop everything out into your serving dish and sprinkle on the remaining bacon and green onions.

Loaded potato salad with feta cheese, bacon, and sour cream

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry just looking at the pictures! Make this and you won’t ever go back to ordinary potato salad again.

This loaded potato salad will make your tastebuds scream for more! http://foodal.com/recipes/comfort-food/loaded-potato-salad/ ‎
We ain’t a one trick rabbit here at Foodal. For another variation, be sure to try Nina’s German Potato Salad. I doubt it’s as good but it’s sure to be better than your ordinary mayonnaise-soaked affair (or fare? Is this a pun?).

If you’re hankering for another spud-forward recipe with and Italian twist, take time to make our potato gnocchi recipe at home.

What about you? What’s your favorite potato salad variation? Be sure to let us and the community know in the comments below!

Photos, video, and additional writing by Mike Quinn, Video editing by Elis Foto © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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Mike Quinn spent 20 years in the US Army and traveled extensively all over the world. As part of his military service, Mike sampled coffee and tea from all virtually every geographic region, from the beans from the plantation of an El Salvadorian Army Colonel to "Chi" in Iraq to Turkish Coffee in the Turkish Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He spent nearly a decade in the Republic of Korea where he was exposed to all forms of traditional teas. Mike formerly owned and operated Cup And Brew, an online espresso and coffee equipment retail operation.

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