Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tasty & Thrifty Thursday - Totally Related

Last week I was hit with the idea to marry Tasty Thursday from Southern Fried Mama and Thrifty Thursday from Bloggerittaville. How fun! So what is usually tasty and thrifty? You got it leftovers or as Sandra Lee calls them, 2nd rounds. Plus I have a bonus thrift story that I only realized while making my 2nd rounds. So here ya go - enjoy - we did!

2nd Round Potato Salad

I started out with leftovers from the night before. I snagged a Roasted Red Potato recipe over at One Perfect Bite (one of THE BEST food blogs ever) and everyone loved this dish. How I had leftovers is something I am still amazed at, but I am so glad I did so I would have something to post about. I had BLT's and potato salad on the menu for the week so I went looking for a recipe that would compliment the seasonings already on the potatoes. Good ol' Paula Dean came through, here's the recipe:

12 cups cubed red potatoes
1 cup chopped green bell pepper (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cook potatoes, covered in boiling water, 10 minutes, or until tender; drain well and cool.
In a large bowl, combine potatoes, bell pepper and onion.
In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour over potato mixture, tossing gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate.

I tweaked it a bit, as you can see, I clearly did not have 12 cups of potatoes left. And there was already enough Dijon mustard present from the original recipe.

As I was chopping the vegetables I started cooking my bacon, and thought I would share a little trick I use: cut the bacon package in half before you start frying. The bacon cooks more evenly and is sandwich ready.

I just added all the seasonings, the vegetables and mixed. It was so easy! Let me tell ya, green and purple, don't just look good together, they taste great together!

As I was mixing and mashing, it dawned on me that my potato masher (or ricer) was also a Thrifty Thursday find.

Why, you ask? Because this little handy dandy tool is a Cutco brand masher and I bought it about 8 or 9 years ago for $1.00 at the thrift store. OMG!! These things coast upwards of $35.00 dollars and it didn't look like anyone had used it ever. Needless to say I LOVE my masher. If you find any Cutco while thrifting - buy it - it will last longer than you. I can't afford to buy it brand new so I am always looking for it when I am thrifting. Okay - back to the recipe.

Mix, refrigerate, plate, ENJOY!

That was fun! Okay -remember to join me tomorrow for Flashback Friday -leave me a comment here that you will be joining me or on tomorrow's post. The theme is Made in the Shade. TaTa for now!


Blondie's Journal said...

This recipe sounds like a nice twist on regular old potato salad~I have to try it. Nice that you were already halfway there!!

Great tip on Cutco, I will keep it in mind!!


Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Oh, that is HEAVENYly! You should post this as a foodie frieday post. You can find the link under my plates and places blog. Guarenteed you will have alot of new fabulous friends. Just dont forget me. wink. hugs!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi DeAnna, love your cloches!!!! Your entire post is delightful.


Keetha Broyles said...

I'm a food-a-holic, and I just gotta tell ya, this looks GOOD.

Anonymous said...

Keetha is right...this looks really GOOD. I have not made potato salad yet this year, but I am going to make this....soon

Mary said...

What a wonderful twist on potato salad. This looks really good. Have a wonderful weekend.

Kristen said...

I can't tell you how amazing that looks - I have been craving a good red potato salad and I have found the winner!

Nicole Feliciano said...

What a yummy treat. We are roasting potatoes this weekend with a steak dinner. Thanks for the gorgeous photos. I hope you’ll share over at Momtrends for Friday Feasts. Here is the link:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

sounds delicious! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Kirby3131 said...

My husband came home with about 5 pounds of bacon last week - He said he was in the mood for BLTs LOL I froze most of it and just thawed out a batch today. Your little lunch looks SO GOOD! I do the same thing with the bacon as you suggested. It's just so much easier that way.

You are full of good suggestions - YES on the Cutco knives and accessories. I've got a set of Cutcos and I love them. LOVE THEM :)

imjacobsmom said...

Thanks for the Cutco tip - I'm going to keep my eyes open for them when I go out thrifting from now on. Your salad sounds wonderful - I love potatoes! ~ Robyn

Really Rainey said...

Now that looks like a delicious meal I think I will make that for lunch today! YES! Have a wonderful weekend!
~Really Rainey~