Welcome to the Castle Kitchen! Let’s cook with BACON!
How about a recipe for a really yummy salad side dish? Great for Spring or Summer or probably any old time but this is a “warm weather” favorite with burgers around here. Mom has even made this same recipe – minus the bacon and with shrimp.
Anyway, here’s a delicious one for you to try.
Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad
6 slices bacon
1 lb. elbow macaroni (actually the spiral macaroni works nicely too as you can see from the photo!)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 small red onion diced small
1 package ranch salad dressing mix
1 8 oz. package cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
Cook bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until crisp – about 10 minutes – drain on a paper-towel lined plate until cool then crumble.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.
Rinse macaroni with cold water until cool; drain.
Mix cooled macaroni, crumbled bacon, mayonnaise, red onion, green bell pepper, ranch salad dressing mix, and Cheddar cheese together in a large bowl.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
I WANT THIS NOW!!!!!!
Yeah I think a lot of people would want this now but you have to wait until you get all these goodies at the grocery store then you can make it and eat it to your heart’s content! Also a note for those of you who don’t know what ranch dressing in a package is all about. You CAN find this in the grocery store where the “make it yourself” salad dressing stuff is – in our store it’s on a top shelf above the regular bottled salad dressings. If you can’t find it – use salad dressing – I’m thinking it would work out – it will be a lot more “CREAMY” a salad but nothing wrong with that either!
Our motto around the Castle…………
Happy Saturday Bacon Lovers!