Bacon Potato Salad for Labor Day and Forever

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Bacon Potato Salad

Potato salad is standard summer BBQ fare, so it’s only fitting that it should appear at the season’s last hurrah. To welcome the cool months ahead, we’ve taken the usual fresh herbs and scallions — always worthwhile additions — and bulked them up with crisped bacon and hard-boiled eggs. The result is almost more of a meal than a side, but either way, it’s sure to be a hit at your Labor Day bash.

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This potato salad is excellent served immediately, but it can also be made ahead. In fact, doing so will allow the flavors to mingle and meld — making each zesty, smoky bite that much more irresistible.

2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions, white and green parts
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
4 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons Creole or other whole-grain mustard
4 strips crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled

1. Place the potatoes in a saucepan, add water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook, partially covered, until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 10 minutes.

2. Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a salad bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, season them with the salt, cayenne, black pepper, and lemon juice. Toss well to combine. Add the celery, green onions, parsley, and eggs.

3. In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise and mustard together. Add this to the salad. Sprinkle the bacon over the salad, and toss gently but thoroughly to mix well.

4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate, covered, and serve slightly chilled.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, from Emeril at the Grill, Harper Collins Publisher, New York, 2009, copyright MSLO, Inc., all rights reserved

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