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Home Entertaining Recipepalooza: We asked some of our favorite bloggers to share a recipe and their tips for home entertaining. This recipe comes from Cara Ferguson’s blog Culinary Cara. Cara is a devout foodie, hot-rod lover, and hardcore Texan. She’s inspired by the flavors and cultures of the world, giving them a Texas twist in her dishes. Check out this tasty recipe on Cara’s blog.

Tillamook Creamy Red Potato Salad

Overview
Texans love a good barbeque, and potato salad is the perfect accompaniment for any cookout. Tillamook Natural Sour Cream gives this recipe a balanced richness, along with the bright flavors of fresh dill and red onion. Your friends and family will keep coming back for more!

The best part of this recipe is that it can be made in advance. Cook the potatoes and assemble the dressing the day before and combine before you’re ready to serve! If you don’t have rice vinegar, any variety of less pungent vinegar (such as cider vinegar) will make a suitable substitution.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time:  1 hour 30 minutes
Yield (number of servings):  6-8

Ingredients
2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
½ cup Tillamook Natural Sour Cream
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup red onion, chopped
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon brown or dijon mustard
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground Black Pepper
¾ cup cooked & crumbled bacon (6-7 strips)
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped (add another teaspoon for garnish)

Preparation
Boil chopped potatoes in water over high heat for 15-20 minutes, or until fork pierces into potatoes with little resistance. Drain potatoes and allow to cool completely. While your potatoes cook, assemble the creamy dressing. Combine remaining ingredients (except for the bacon) in a sealable container, and set aside in the fridge until potatoes have cooled. Gently fold dressing, crumbled bacon, and potatoes together just before serving. Add a bit of freshly chopped dill for garnish, if you’d like.

About Cara:
Tips for stress-free home entertaining:
“When I entertain, I follow one motto: ‘Keep it fresh and simple.’ No need for the Thanksgiving-style spread, just make a few snacking options with a few fresh ingredients. This way, your guests will be able to converse and enjoy each other’s company!”

Kitchen advice for other moms and dads:
“Parents are always very busy, so it’s important to keep things fresh and simple. Choose a recipe that can be made in advance, and something with around a handful of ingredients. When entertaining guests at home, serve just a few great dishes, instead of assembling an entire buffet. You wallet and your hectic schedule will thank you for it.

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