Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Texas Potato Salad with Balsamic Honey Vinegar

I love honey. I like baking with it and using it in drinks in place of sugar. I've never tried honey vinegar though, so I was anxious to try the Balsamic Honey Vinegar from Honey Ridge Farms. “Award-winning Balsamic Honey Vinegar is truly unique and delicious aged balsamic-style vinegar made entirely from honey.” I feel a kinship with Honey Ridge Farms since they are from my home state of Washington. I work in the garden center industry and bees are essential to our industry.

There are so many versions of potato salad roaming around, but I've never made one like this. With all the fresh ingredients, I was sure it would be a winner, and it was. Serve warm in the fall or cold in summer. Enjoy!

Texas Potato Salad with Balsamic Honey Vinegar
by Sharyl
Adapted from She Wears Many Hats Texas Style New Potato Salad

3 pounds red potatoes
3 slices bacon
1 large red onion, sliced
2 Serrano peppers, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 to 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (my favorite way is to put a bunch of leaves into a mug and then use scissors to cut the cilantro. Also works well with parsley. For those who aren't fans of cilantro, fresh parsley may be substituted.)
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of Honey Ridge Farms Balsamic Honey Vinegar

Cut potatoes in half, long ways, and add to boiling salted water. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes. They should be fork tender, but somewhat firm. Drain and cool. Cut potatoes into chunks and set aside. Cook bacon until crispy. Chop into pieces when cool. Grill sliced onions in the bacon fat, over high heat, until they are caramelized. In a large bowl, add the cooled potatoes, salt, pepper, minced Serrano peppers, bacon and chopped cilantro. Combine olive oil and Balsamic Honey Vinegar in a measuring cup and stir. (I started with 1/4 cup of Balsamic and 1/8 cup of olive oil because Mark’s taste buds are not too adventuresome!) Taste and add more salt, pepper or Balsamic Honey Vinegar/olive oil, as needed. Stir well to combine.

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