Simple Potato Salad

So many recipes these days offer a twist on a classic dish but why mess with a good thing?  In fact, sometimes the simpler the recipe, the better the results.  Case in point, this classic potato salad.  A cold version of a classic hot german potato salad, this dish is perfect for a picnic as the lack of mayonnaise means less refrigeration is needed.

Simple Potato Salad

1 1/2 lbs. red bliss potatoes, scrubbed
1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup red onion, chopped
4 tbsp spicy brown mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 slices thick cut bacon
Salt
Pepper
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

In a saute pan, brown up bacon until crispy.  Remove bacon from the pan and place on paper towels to drain.  Leave bacon fat in the saute pan and set aside.

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.  Add 1 tsp. salt.  Place pot over medium high heat and boil until potatoes are tender, approximately 20 minutes.  Drain potatoes and let cool.

Dice potatoes into 1 1/2 inch cubes.  Place potatoes back into pot and add the celery, onion, crumbled bacon and 1 tbsp bacon fat.  In a small jar combine mustard, vinegar, sugar & parsley.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Shake to combine well and then pour into pot with other ingredients.  Stir well to combine.

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