OK, so it isn’t meatless monday. I stumbled upon this recipe on Food and Wine.com and nearly collapsed from excitement. I have an obsession with bacon and bleu cheese is something that makes me smile just thinking about it.
I wish my husband liked bleu cheese because I would probably serve it every day. However, because Ryan doesn’t like it, I served it on the side. This salad is amazing. I served as a warm main dish and it was delightful.
Grilled Potato and Onion Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon
- 1 pound sliced meaty bacon
- 3 red onions, sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 1/2 pounds small new potatoes (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter), scrubbed
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 pound blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Maytag Blue, crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread the bacon slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until they are brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Transfer the bacon slices to paper towel—lined plates to drain. Crumble into 1/2-inch pieces. (I did not cook the bacon in this way. It would have started a fire. I cooked it in two batches in a pan and saved the bacon grease for popcorn. I told you I love bacon).
- Light a grill. In a large bowl, toss the red onion slices with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill the onions over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and tender, about 5 minutes. Cut the grilled onions into 1/2-inch pieces.
- In a large pot of salted cold water, bring the potatoes to a boil. Simmer until they are beginning to get tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes and cut them in half. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the potatoes over moderately high heat, turning once, until they are tender and browned, about 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the blue cheese. Add the bacon, onions and potatoes and toss to coat. Transfer the salad to a clean bowl and serve. Unless it is dark outside and no one will ever know that you didn’t put it in a new bowl.