When we make a statement as grand as the one in our headline, we mean it.
Potato salad should be taken seriously. And if you're getting ready for the Fourth of July weekend, you should probably pay attention.
Sure, any good picnic table should be stocked with plenty of BBQ, beer and chips. But what really brings a meal together is the potato salad. Ask any picnic aficionado. It's not a side to be left to that friend who visits the grocery store deli on his or her way over to the party.
Give the job to someone who cares, and understands the importance of the task at hand. And use the following recipe, which is without a doubt, the only potato salad recipe you'll ever need. It involves roasted potatoes, bacon, capers and red onions. (Vegetarians, just omit the bacon.)
Need we say more? We didn't think so.
4 pounds new or fingerling potatoes, cleaned and halved lengthwise
3/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound thick-cut bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard, or to taste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, or to taste
1/2 red onion, trimmed and sliced lengthwise into 1/8 -inch slices
1/4 cup capers