Sunday, September 2, 2012

Potato salad with Stilton and bacon for a Labor Day Cookout and #SundaySupper

Labor Day weekend. The last big hurrah of summer. Parties, trips to the beach, barbecues, a whole host of last-minute summer fun jam-packed into a few short days before school starts and work settles in for the long haul of fall.

For me this year, it's a final wild sprint at the end of a somewhat exhausting summer. This is the first time I've been home with my son all day since he was a newborn, while at the same time maintaining a pretty full schedule as a freelance editor and writer on weekends and evenings. I am a little worn out.

If I think about it, the end of summer is always a little tough for me. I key in to the waning of the light, my energy drags, my tolerance for the heat reaches its end, and the fun parts of summer just don't seem that fun anymore.

But in a few weeks, I will start to perk up again. The temperature will slowly come down. The angle and quality of the light will change, mellowing, growing richer, gilding nature while the leaves turn color. And I will crank up the tunes while I fly down highways, exulting in the light and adventure that fall always seems to promise. And there will be fall food: rich stews, apples, hot cider, warm soup, pumpkin caramels, cookies.

For now, though, there's Labor Day, and it is still hot here in Northern Virginia and is likely to be for several more weeks. Which is why a nice cool potato salad seems a great choice to bring to a cookout, like the one that #SundaySupper is having this week. This potato salad is salty with crunchy bacon and smooth Stilton (by far my favorite blue cheese), acidic with the tang of apple cider vinegar, and mellow with the earthiness of potatoes. I like to use a mix of small potatoes, blues, reds, yellows, but you can use any type you've got. Just make sure to cut up the potatoes into nice bite size pieces. This recipe was inspired by a recipe I read in Bon Appetit magazine about 12 years ago, which I have simplified a little. Both versions taste fantastic and really turn a simple potato salad into something special.


  • 3 lbs of potatoes (mixed colors if possible), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 6 Tbsps olive oil
  • 4 Tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 Tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 small bunch of chives, chopped finely
  • 1 cup Stilton, crumbled (you can use another blue cheese if you prefer, but make sure it's a very good quality cheese)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked until crispy, crumbled

  1. Whisk olive oil, apple cider vinegar, minced shallots, mustard, salt, white pepper, and chives in a large bowl. 
  2. Cook bacon until it's crispy, drain it on paper towels, and crumble it. 
  3. Boil potatoes for 10-15 minutes until they are tender when you poke them with a fork, but still hold their shape.
  4. Drain the potatoes. While they are still hot, add them to the vinaigrette and combine thoroughly. Allow the potatoes to cool to room temperature. 
  5. Just before serving the potato salad, add the bacon and the Stilton to the potatoes and combine thoroughly.
To find out what the rest of the #SundaySupper group is bringing to the Labor Day Cookout, check out all these great recipes, which we will be sharing all day long on Twitter. Also, don't forget to join the #SundaySupper live chat at7 pm ET and tweet your own cookout recipes.

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  1. I love potatoes...this is another recipe that I should try. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love different potato salads, great combo, Tora!

  3. You had me at stilton and then with the bacon I would be in heaven eating this salad. Awesome.

  4. This potato salad looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Another amazing potato salad! Who could resist?

  6. I love potato salads w/vinegar-based dressings. The addition of the Stilton is inspired!

  7. Oooh, cheese in potato salad! How fantastic!!!!

  8. As a blue cheese lover, I'm all over this! Looks sooo good!

  9. Crikey--blue cheese & bacon?! I'm there!

  10. This looks really great. I would never have thought of adding the cider. Have a super week.

    PS I know you have probably been really busy but it would be great if you followed Carole's Chatter back.

  11. Love stilton, love bacon, love potato. All three together would be heavenly!!

  12. Love everything about this recipe! Potato salads are one of my all time favorite, espcially with bacon. Happy Labor Day!

  13. Stilton is my husbands favorite, and with the bacon...YUM!!

  14. I love your version of salad blue cheese and back makes it look so creany and heavenly.

  15. Stilton is one of my husband's favourite cheeses. I will have to give this a try

  16. Yum, this sounds so good! Thanks for sharing, definitely will try it out :)

  17. I didn't know what stilton was until I saw your recipe. This potaote looks so pretty and I'm sure it tastes amazing.

  18. I prefer a vinaigrette dressing versus mayonnaise and I like the addition of stilton! And of course you can't go wrong with bacon! The multi-colored potatoes are beautiful! Great recipe!

    (btw...I can't wait for the cooler weather!)

  19. Now, this is one hell of a potato salad. Stilton and bacon- be still my beating heart. Really, this salad looks amazing!