Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pea and Bacon Salad - OLD SCHOOL Side Dish - Church PotLuck Cold Salad

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Here's another June Cleaver style 50's Church Basement Nostalgia recipe.  Goosed up a bit with a few extra ingredients, but  a version of this has been around for decades.

Wonderful served cold, easy to transport.  Deliciously easy to make (only cooking is the eggs and bacon, other than that it is an open, measure and mix recipe).

And enough unique flavors that the memories of your Grandmother's cooking will more than live up to your expectations.

Tastes Great, Easy to Make and may be one of those perfect PotLuck dishes for any pass a plate occasion!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK... Here's what I did...

Pea Salad -

  • 4-5 Large Eggs (about 1 Cup). Hard Boiled and Chopped
  • 1/2 Pound Bacon, Chopped
  • 1 Pound Package Frozen Peas
  • 1 Cup Celery, Diced
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions, Green and white parts, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Pickle Relish
  • 1/4 Cup Bell Pepper, Red is best for color contrast, but Green works as well.
  • 1 TBS Sugar
  • 1 TBS Yellow Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare the Hard Cooked Eggs First... I a small pot, carefully add the eggs, cover with cold water 1 inch above the level of the eggs. Heat over medium high heat until a rolling boil starts. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Drain, immediately cool under running cold water, crack the eggs and peel, Chop.
  2. Meanwhile, Cook, Drain, Chopped Bacon
  3. Meanwhile, Thaw the peas under running HOT water and Start chopping all the ingredients.
  4. Combine everything except the eggs and stir to mix. Next add the eggs and carefully fold to mix.
  5. Taste, add additional seasoning (Salt and Pepper or try a seasoning mix, BBQ or Cajun if you like) to taste.
  6. Serve Chilled and ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Specialty Salad Recipes"!!!

Sometimes they are the main course, sometimes a lunch and sometimes they are the side dish... And if you count Jell-o salad you can even make a dessert of a salad.  Here are a few of my favorite salads that get far more Ooohs and Aaahs than that simple chopped head of lettuce.

Links include Potato Salads, Cole Slaws, and Plenty of greens and fixins' Salads... And more than a few matching FRESH MADE Jam Jar make it yourself Salad Dressings!

    So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

    Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

    LOTS of Potato Sides, Vegetable Sides, Specialty Salads, Bread and MORE!


    This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

    A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

    Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

    "A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
    I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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