Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bacon Macaroni Salad

Photo courtesy of Food Network


We had plans to head out to a BBQ party on Saturday over 4th of July weekend and Darin asked me if I could make something to bring to it- what's more traditional 4th of July food than a side of traditional macaroni salad?


The original recipe serves 4-6 servings. I knew this party would have a large showing so I did double the recipe (though, the original recipe is listed below). I thought it was the perfect blend of crunchy and creamy, and I also added bacon which I definitely thought it added some great flavor. Another option would be to add cubed cheese... maybe next time I will add some bacon to half the dish, and reserve some to add some cubed cheese. 



Ingredients:
  • 12-oz bacon, center cut- cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni (~3/4 cup dried elbow macaroni)
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp diced green onions
  • 1 Tbsp chopped pimento
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper


Directions:
  1. Cook the bacon- I cooked mine in the oven for ease (I cooked mine at the recommended temperature on the back of the package but cooked for 21-22 minutes total).
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add more salt, if needed.
  3. Cover and put into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Source: Adapted from Paula Deen

1 comments:

Michael said...

How was the jamboree and hootenanny?

 
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