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Mario Batali's Italian Potato Salad

From 'Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style'

Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Food Network star and restaurateur Mario Batali has a new book, "Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style," which specializes in Southern-style grill favorites. Anyone who loves to tailgate will be sure to find something they like in this cookbook.


  • 3 pounds small red potatoes, cut in half
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled into small pieces
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers (4 ounces), drained and coarsely copped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking Directions

    It's best to start this recipe at home.

    In a large saucepan, cover potatoes with cold water by an inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the potatoes are just cooked through, about 16 minutes. They'll continue cooking a bit after you remove them from the pot. Drain well in a colander and let cool, gently turning the potatoes with a rubber spatula to allow the bottom ones to cool as well.

    Add the onion, celery, bacon, red peppers, parsley, basil, caraway seeds and salt and pepper to taste. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard and the salt and pepper.

    Pour the dressing over the potato mixture and gently toss. Serve immediately or keep cold in a refrigerator or ice-filled cooler, covered, for up to one day.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: red potatoes, red onion, bacon, roasted red peppers, basil

    Course: Salad, Side Dish

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