The very best Loaded Potato Salad with crispy, pan-seared bacon and freshly grated cheddar cheese.
Preheat the oven to 350° and have ready 2 rimmed sheet pans lined with aluminum foil.
Quarter the medium to large sized red potatoes, and half the smaller ones. Add them to a large mixing bowl, drizzle with canola oil, and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon dill. Toss until evenly combined and divide amongst the two sheet pans.
Bake the potatoes for 40-50 minutes, until fork-tender. While the potatoes are baking, cook the bacon.
Add the bacon to a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Sauté, stirring often until browned and crispy, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess grease. Allow to cool. You should have about a 1/2 cup of bacon pieces.
To make the ranch dressing, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, garlic powder, parsley, chives, 1 teaspoon dill, 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and onion powder in a bowl and whisk together. Set aside until ready to use.
Once the potatoes have cooled, add them to a large mixing bowl, along with the dressing, bacon, and Cheddar, and stir until well-combined. Refrigerate the potato salad at least 3 hours, or up to overnight. Serve and enjoy!