Boring old potato salad gets an upgrade with dill pickles, shallots, bacon, and smoked paprika in this recipe for Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Salad.
Here we are at the end of the summer BBQ season and at the front door of tailgating season. What I love about this dill pickle potato salad is that it can carry through the two seasons, seamlessly and effortlessly. Trust me when I tell you that you’ll score big points with family and friends no matter when you serve it!
Potato salad is one of my favorite go-to items in a buffet line or at a casual get-together. For me, the creamier, the better, and the more flavor you can pack into a single forkful means that you’ll feel satisfied sooner with less on your plate. Which, in turn, will make room for all those other must-haves from around that tempting buffet table. See? I’ve got your back! LOL
The secret to making a potato salad that doesn’t turn into a mashed mush after stirring in all the ingredients is to use a low starch potato (also known as a waxy potato) like a red potato (called for in this recipe), or even a Yukon gold. The reason being is that waxy potatoes have more of a cohesive cell structure which helps them hold their shape more so than a high starch potato, such as a russet.
Another tip to making the very best potato salad is to dress the potatoes shortly after boiling and draining them, and while they’re still warm. This way the potatoes themselves will soak in the dressing (in this case, the mayonnaise, mustard, and smoked paprika dressing), and the dressing will impart much more flavor to the potatoes themselves, as opposed to being smothered in the dressing.
Follow my easy step-by-step photos and I’ll show you exactly how to make this delicious dill pickle potato salad:
Prepare 3 pounds of red potatoes by washing and chopping them into approximate 1½” pieces. Add the potatoes to a large stock pot and cover with water and 1½ tablespoons of kosher salt. Boil for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, hard boil the eggs, dice the celery, mince the shallots, crumble the cooked bacon, and dice the dill pickles.
Drain the potatoes when tender and add them back into the warm pot. Add the celery, shallots, bacon and dill pickles to the warm potatoes. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, yellow mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper.
Pour the mayonnaise and smoked paprika dressing onto the potatoes in the pot and gently stir to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. Spoon the potato salad into a large serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, garnish the top with sliced, hard boiled eggs and dried dill weed.
- 3 pounds red potatoes, washed and cut into 1½" pieces
- water to cover the potatoes
- 1½ tablespoons kosher salt
- 3 medium shallots, minced
- 4 stalks of celery, small diced
- 4 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1 cup diced dill pickles
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup milk
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced (optional)
- dried dill weed (optional)
- Put the cut potatoes into a large stock pot and add water to cover.
- Add 1½ tablespoons of kosher salt into the potatoes.
- Bring the potatoes to a low boil and cook for 25-30 minutes, until tender.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
- Drain the potatoes and add them back into the warm pot.
- Add the minced shallots, diced celery, crumbled bacon, and diced dill pickles into the drained potatoes.
- Add the mayonnaise mixture to the potatoes and gently stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Place the potato salad into a large serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To serve, garnish the top with the sliced hard boiled eggs and a sprinkling of dried dill weed.
Large Stock Pot
Large Serving Bowl
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!