Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sweet Onion Potato Salad

Hold onto your chef's hats folks, because your pal Mags has just entered her first recipe competition. Generally I shy away from competition since the fiasco that was high school cheerleading try-outs (It turns out that the judges weren't keen on a bebopping klutz who fell on her face before she even got to the try out area, but that's a subject for another day and another psychiatrist.)

Anyway, the folks at Barhyte Specialty Foods were kind enough to send me an entire package of their Saucy Mama sauces and condiments and invited me to enter into their recipe competition. Personally, I was elated just to get the free products, but when I sat down and really put my mind to it, I thought that maybe I could come up with something that would at least earn honorable mention, or maybe they have a boobie prize for the most ridiculous recipe. I'm post-menopausal and suddenly I think I have a place in the recipe world! (Julia Child would so be hugging me right now if she were still alive.)

Here's where you, my readers, get to profit from the adventure. Simply leave a comment and you'll be entered into a giveaway for this bottle of Saucy Mama Cracked Pepper Marinade. (US and Canadian residents only)



And if I win the competition, I promise to donate the winnings to my favorite charity, Gleaner's Food Bank. I might even donate my junior high pom-poms to Good Will, but I can't promise that one right now because of attachment issues. (I still sleep with them at night)

I decided to use the Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade in a potato salad recipe.

I was particularly pleased with the results because I consider myself a potato salad snob and I was proud of myself for stepping outside of my potato salad comfort zone. The sweet onion flavor of this marinade really makes a delicious and different potato salad.

Sweet Onion Potato Salad (serves 12)

4 pounds red-skinned potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, seeded, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade
1 1/2 cups reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 1/2 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 TBSP sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
8 slices of bacon, cooked crisp then crumbled

Place potatoes into a large pot. Cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil, season water generously with salt, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15-18 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and let cool.

In a small bowl whisk together the onion marinade, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, tarragon, salt and pepper.

Place cooled potatoes into a large bowl. Add the diced bell pepper, celery and parsley. Pour dressing over all and stir to combine well. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Garnish with crumbled bacon before serving.




*Don't forget to leave a comment. You have until midnight on Monday, Sept.13th and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, Sept. 14th.

25 comments:

Julie said...

Looks delicious! Good luck with the competition! I've never heard of these sauces. I wonder if they're in the stores in the Midwest.

Moogie said...

Good luck Mags... the salad looks fabulous.

Haden News said...

Your potato salad looks soooo good! Good luck!!! I haven't heard of the sauces either, but they look good. Can't wait to hear how you do!!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very pretty potato salad! I haven't tried the sweet onion marinade yet, but I imagine it is wonderful in this potato salad.

June (Jbug) said...

Wow - looks like a winner to me. Good luck Mags!

Barbara said...

I'd be scared to mess with Mom's potato salad recipe. She'll rise from the grave if I change it, so can I call it something else? Really, I love the name of this marinade, and I'd sure love to try some, but messin' with the potato salad might just going too far. I admire your bravery, though,and I greatly admire your blog!

Barbara Bakes said...

Good luck! You're already a winner in my book. I haven't tried the Saucy Mama's sauces yet, so pick me. The potato salad looks scrumptious.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Your potato salad looks great- good luck in the competition!

Pam said...

Mags, pass the bowl please! Your potato salad looks fantastic! I will be looking around for the sauces. Good luck in the competition, I hope you win!

Nanan said...

Good luck, sunshine - that looks delicious!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm hugging you (and I'm sure Julia is smiling down on you) because I think this recipe is a big winner. It will certainly grace my table. I'm going off in search of the yummy products you are using.

Best,
Bonnie

Rye said...

This looks wonderful!! I will have to try and find the sauce here.

susitravl said...

I love potato salad, but my family doesn't. Maybe if I switched from the traditional mayo they would give it a try. Good luck in your recipe contest!

Frieda said...

I couldn't get past the bacon on the salad....I was just fixated on it! Good luck on the competition ~ can't wait!

April in CT said...

Ohhhh, that looks so GOOD!!! YUM! Good luck!

willbear said...

I use to be a potato salad snob too but managed to have my mind changed a few summers ago. This looks really tasty! Good luck!

Barbara said...

Gosh Mags, that looks fabulous. And there's bacon as well. You ought to win this one hands down!

lostpastremembered said...

Great looking potato salad... love the idea of the marmalade in it... the company should be very pleased with your recipe... mmmm bacon!

Katherine said...

Why did I never think to add bacon to potato salad? Brilliant!

Krista B. said...

Hooray for this recipe - I was just looking for a potato salad recipe to make for a party this weekend :) We have a winner!

SeattleDee said...

What's not to love about this recipe? all that goodness and bacon too! Good luck with the contest, you score extra points for courage.

Sherylyn said...

I love the name Saucy Mama. Salad looks yum!

Karen said...

The potato salad looks really creamy - I hope you win!

stephchows said...

mm wicked good use of the saucy mama!! good luck in the competition!!

Sweet and Savory said...

I have not yet seen a more appealing looking potato salad. I have not seen these sauces in the stores.

Have you announced the winner, yet? Contest is over.

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