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3 peppers add pop to your July 4 potato salad

  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • In this image taken on June 3, 2013, three-pepper barbecue potato salad is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

One variety of pepper just isn’t enough to get this potato salad ready for your July Fourth celebration. So we upped it to three – black pepper, cayenne pepper and roasted red peppers – each adding their own distinct flavor. And don’t worry, the bite of black and cayenne peppers are tamed by the sweet roasted red peppers and the sour cream dressing.

Want to add fourth and fifth varieties? Mix in some diced mild Peppadew peppers (tangy, but not much heat) and banana peppers (sweet and crunchy). For a crunchy contrast, you even could add a sixth with a diced fresh green bell pepper.

THREE-PEPPER BARBECUE POTATO SALAD

2 pounds red potatoes, cubed

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained, patted dry and chopped

4 scallions, chopped

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

salt, to taste

Place the potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to cover them by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are just tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes, then spread them on a rimmed baking sheet to cool. Sprinkle the cooling potatoes with the vinegar, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the sour cream, barbecue sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Stir in the roasted red peppers, scallions and cheddar.

When the potatoes are cool, gently stir them into the sour cream mixture until well coated. Season with salt. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 8.

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