after hours of craving – warm german potato salad

full dishOn Friday when I was at my supermarket doing my weekly I start craving for German potato salad – a salad I haven’t made for about 30 years. Just out of the blue and of course I needed bratwurst too, but I didn’t find any that “talked” to me, so I took a pack of trendy flavored hot dogs instead.

“German Potato Salad” has to be served warm and I prefer it to the mayonnaise based salad. To do this salad am I taught by the best – one of my German head chefs and I had quite a few in my days, Carl.

It’s a salad that goes with any kind of meat or chicken, even pan-fried fish. potato salad page.1

Warm German Potato Salad, serves 4-6

900 gr (2 pound) white new potatoes, cut in half if big
Olive oil
8 bacon slices, cut into lardons or diced – I prefer diced
1 red onion, finely diced
1 large shallot onion, finely diced
110 ml (1/2 cup) meat, chicken or vegetable stock – I use Knorr’s beef stock pot.
55ml (1/4 cup) apple cider vinegar
15ml (1tbsp) sugar
dill and parsley, finely choppedin the pan

1. Boil the potatoes, try to keep them so whole as possible, cut them you do after they are boiled. – cover generously with water and season generously with salt for about 20 minutes..

2. Then mix stock, sugar and vinegar in a small sauce pan – stir while giving it a quick boil. Put to the side. Remember that the dressing should be sweet and tangy.potato salad page.2

3. Coat a large straight-sided sauté pan lightly with olive oil. Toss in the bacon and bring the pan to a medium heat. When the bacon is golden, toss in the onions and cook them until they are very soft and aromatic, 7 to 8 minutes – don’t let fried or crispy, just nicely sauteed. Grind some black pepper over the mixture.potato salad page

4. Drain potatoes well and to make sure that the potatoes is dry put them back on burner without lid so the excess water can evaporate for about 30 sec. Cut the potatoes in bite size while they are still warm.

5. Mix gently the potatoes in with the bacon and onion mix. Reheat the “dressing” and like doing risotto add a little warm dressing at the time and let the potatoes soak up the dressing before adding more. The salad is not supposed to be swimming in dressing.potato salad page 3

In the end add the chopped herbs, I used frozen dill and fresh chopped Italian flat parsley.
I’m sure I that I don’t have to instruct you how to grill the “hot dogs” *smile

It was so warm on my balcony, I really struggled to eat my dinner out there, but I want to enjoy the sunshine evening meals when I have the opportunity.time for washing up

And I had somebody watching me very closely from my neighbor’s balcony the whole time. I think it was the smell that lured him over – nice with dinner company, but I didn’t share …. I kept it all to myself. Sorry!

It’s not easy for Oscar to do a good  job when the sun is so intens and straight into the lens, but I want to share the sunshine that I had on my plate and had for weeks now.

Have a lovely weekend, Everybody!

keep watch

“The potato, like man, was not meant to dwell alone.”
Shila Hibben

For cloud do I use James Last and his Orchestra … James Last had a big part in me getting use to classical music in my youth. James Last (also known as “Hansi”); born in Bremen 1929 is a German composer and big band leader.

James Last  made arrangements of classical music it the late 60’s and early 70’s for big band and I had every album. He has reportedly sold in excess of eighty million albums worldwide.

40 thoughts on “after hours of craving – warm german potato salad

  1. Your recipe for German potato salad looks delicious. My mother did use mayonnaise but she added the pickling juice from the dill pickles and one or two finely diced pickles to the dressing. My sister hates the pickles but we both agree that the bacon is essential. I also like to add some crunch with finely sliced celery and radishes.

    • Carol, when I do a mayonnaise based potato salad I do like your mum, use both juice and finely chopped dill pickles. That is how I was taught in Denmark, where I started my chef journey.
      Not a very big fan of celery – I like celery jack .. radishes I love especially in a Salad Niçoise – but I eat them like strawberries.

  2. Oh, I have to try this one! I love potatoe salad, French style, mayonnaise style, cold, warm, whatever way (well, preferably home made). I didn’t make one like this so far, so thanks for the recipe!

    • Gunilla, if you like potato salad you will love this one.
      I lived on it for a while – so many years ago.
      Be generous with the bacon and onion.

  3. I do hope you will take it as a compliment when I say that tho’ I do not usually eat potatoes for health reasons I well remember the German potato salad from my childhood and this indeed seems a lovely version of it. I love it that you use both red onion and shallot and I do have my own ‘home-brewed’ stock in the freezer. So, not with sausages but perchance a veal paillette . . . 🙂 ! Hadn’t heard James Last for decades but enjoyed it during my scroll . . .

    • Eha, I couldn’t live without potatoes – just love them in any form and shape. I probably eat potatoes 4 times per week. My whole family was made about potatoes. Just now ours is new – and so delicious.
      It was ages since I listen to James Last too – really like his arrangements of famous songs and music. I had to some German connection with my salad.
      I can’t remember when I did my own stock the last time – you’re so good and you’re really thinking of eating health and also saving money.
      I don’t use very much stock at all and I think Knorr does a brilliant job with their small pots.
      A friend has been in UK and she gave me a couple of their gravy pots, just to add the pot to hot water, but not boiling and stirring until boil – and the result was really good. I was really surprised over the result.
      For me that eat alone 90% of my dinners, it makes no sense in making sauces – that is why I hardly ever make any. If I do when I have guests – make enough so I will be able to freeze in one portion size bottles.

      • Vivi – to each their own – NO value judgments: I am a much better and more innovative cook since I no longer have to take other people’s tastes [altho’ in my family they mostly matched!] into account. Look, I work on the computer at home, so no problem in putting a stockpot on practically for the day and trying fresh recipes at least a couple of times a week is huge fun!! Potatoes, well that is a combination of living in an Australian/Asian scene and my medical/nutritional knowledge: I do steam them occasionally [once a month 🙂 !!!] unpeeled!! I appreciate most in Europe would not understand!!!!!!!!

      • I scrape my potatoes .. if it’s not winter potatoes, we always boil our potatoes when I was young with the peel on and peeled at the table.
        Very common in Scandivian homes.

    • Uru, and you’r such an awesome confectioner – that makes two members in the AWESOME CLUB *smile
      Uru, it’s the best salad. Even if you skip the bacon you will have a fantastic salad.

  4. 🙂 Mhmmmmmm….this looks soooo good and I’m sooooo hungry! 🙂
    I do prefer this kind of potato salad over those with mayonnaise 🙂
    HAPPY Sunday, my dear xo 🙂

    • I’m like you … not too keen on mayonnaise based salad – but I mayonnaise. I suppose you don’t read this until this evening, so Happy Wednesday to you.
      Will send you a mail with my contact details in Vienna this evening.
      Vienna is not fare away now. *smile
      I’m so excited

    • Yes, you are …. I had it all myself *smile
      Good Morning, Girlfriend.
      The weekend was painfully warm … as really suffering. Our little country isn’t built for this tropical weather.
      Yesterday we got a good brezze in the afternoon, so I manage to go out. Otherwise it was okay. Going up to Gothenburg for a couple of girl days tomorrow.
      Early morning hug.

      • Last night wasn’t to bad … but this morning not a leaf is moving again. I had “ass problems” last night and when I take my painkillers, I sleep like baby – but always wake up so early … 6.15 this morning. Only been sleeping 3,5 hours in total, but I will take a powernap this afternoon. I wrap me up in your hug. *smile Feels so NiiIIIiiiCe and comfortable.

      • Weird, weird weather! We had flash floods and hail stones on the south coast yesterday, while I melted in the garden (I earned it- I walked in the morning 🙂 )
        Take care of yourself. I’m off to Newcastle today to meet a friend. Smiles!

  5. Stop making my mouth water, lol. Sounds divine. I was just reading a recipe which suggested trying potato salad with sweet potatoes? Oh and I haven’t heard James Last for years, just wonderful! 🙂

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