Jamaican Jerk Potato Salad

"From Bon Appetit"
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  • Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain and cool. Cut potatoes into 3/4-inch pieces. Transfer to large bowl.
  • Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp, stirring occasionally. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels and drain. Mix mayonnaise, mustard, chopped thyme, allspice, turmeric and cayenne pepper in medium bowl.
  • Separate egg yolks and whites. Mash yolks in small bowl. Mince egg whites. Add bacon, mayonnaise mixture, yolks, whites, cornichons, celery, onion and hot pepper sauce to potatoes in bowl and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.).

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  1. I read the reviews and based on comments here and epicurious (which seems to have the same recipe), I thought I was prepared to get a nice jerk flavored salad. Many comments said it was too spicy and you couldn't taste any other flavors. Based on that I cut the Tabasco down to 1 tsp, because I could always add more and skipped the cayenne. That being said, this potato salad still has a strong bite to it and I don't think that is the fault of the hot sauce. (I'll pour Tabasco all over a burrito and then add more as I'm eating.) I think the powdered mustard and the raw onion kill this recipe. I'm hoping it will tone down after some chilling. If you look at the spices here and compare them with a real jerk blend recipe, you'll see some major components are missing. Paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, garlic powder onion and potentially sugar cumin and/or parsley depending on your recipe. Allspice and thyme are a slight jerk suggestion here. No idea why all the mustard and turmeric are added at all. I'm going to attempt to doctor this up, but would never make this particular recipe again.
  2. This would have been great without the turmeric and the mustard. The amount required is too much for me. I would not make this again.
  3. Yeah...all the reviews were right. It is a fantastic potato salad. I thought it might be too spicy for my 95 year old mother, but she also loved it. I did just use 1 teaspoon of the tobacco sauce.
  4. Everybody has to try this one! DH told me to throw my other recipe away, he only wants this one from now on. Loved the flavor and went great with Recipe #107167.
  5. It looks like ordinary potato salad, until you taste it! Loved the spices in this. I made this as written using turkey bacon. It gets better after chilling for a few hours. Thanx for a new and different potato salad!


  1. I tried this recipe to take along to a theme party a few summers ago and it was the absolute BEST potato salad I've ever had! Every time I make it to take to a pic nic or barbeque, I get rave reviews from everyone who tries it! Fabulous!!!! I will say however, the first time around I had a devil of a time figuring out what in the heck cornichons were. I substitute sweet pickle relish in it's place, use Oscar Meyer pre-packaged bacon pieces for less fuss and double the eggs and it comes out terrific!


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