Friday, May 21, 2010

German Potato Salad

We were grilling up some beer brats this week & Matt requested a German potato salad to go with them. It is, after all, pretty much the perfect paring.
German Potato Salad
Of all the potato salads I've ever made, this one is definitely in the running to be my favorite. It's really all about the sweet & tangy dressing with that touch of bacon. I particularly like the flavor it gets from the celery seeds. Our version of the dressing was a little more sweet than tangy. Since everyone's tastes are a little different, I suggest tasting it before dressing the potatoes & adjusting the vinegar to sugar as needed.

This salad is really best warm or at room temperature. If you make it ahead of time & refrigerate it, make sure to let it warm up before serving or microwave it for a little bit.

German Potato Salad

16 (about 1 lb) baby waxy potatoes, quartered (we used Yukon Golds)
4 oz yellow onion, chopped
2 spring onion or scallions, chopped
2 sliced bacon, chopped
1/2 t mustard seed
1/4 t celery seed
3 T champagne vinegar (you could use white wine vinegar, cider vinegar or just plan white vinegar)
3 T sugar
salt & pepper

Put the potatoes & onion in a pot of cold salted water & bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 - 15 minutes until the potatoes are just tender. Drain. Set aside.

Crush the mustard & celery seeds a little with a mortar & pestle.

Cook the bacon over medium-high heat in a skillet until it is starting to crisp & has rendered its fat. Add the crushed seeds & cook while stirring for about 30 seconds. Stir in the vinegar & sugar. Season generously with salt & pepper. Let bubble for a minute. Taste for seasoning & adjust as necessary.

Mix the warm potatoes & onion with the spring onions in a bowl. Pour the hot dressing over the top & stir to coat.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Makes 4 servings

It's going to be hot & steamy in Minneapolis this weekend which calls for lots of grilling. We are planning on cooking up some beautiful Alaskan salmon fillets we got at the farmers market last weekend. What are you grilling up?

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Lori said...

My grandmother's German potato salad is a big hit in my family. My mom always complains that she can't perfect the recipe. Perhaps I should throw this one on them at our next get together. It looks great!

Tangled Noodle said...

This is infinitely more appealing and delicious than the store-bought versions. I admit to buying the latter, which always look overly coated in mustard-y dressing. With you recipe, I can actually see all the elements!

Sippity Sup said...

I have no grilling planned, but this potato salad is right out of my youth. I never realized the bacon far was the "oil" in the dressing no wonder I am in love! Also, sweet is the way to go in my opinion. GREG

Elle said...

Yes, yes and yes!!! I adore potato salad--all kinds. I definitely have to try this.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I've never tried German potato salad before. . .looks delicious!

Sook said...

I sure love German style potato dishes! This looks fab!

vanillasugarblog said...

oh is this the one that's a little bit sweet? gosh i haven't had this in AGES. thanks for this, i have to make it.

Lori said...

I LUV German potato salad. Havent had it in years- and its always Reeds but I think I need to make this

Deborah said...

That does sound like a perfect pairing!

grace said...

german tater salad is my tater salad of choice--no mayo! hooray! this is a great recipe--it's the perfect side for some brats.

tasteofbeirut said...

Even though this is not the potato salad I usually make I still love it; a German friend made it for me once and I was enraptured, great recipe, thanks!

Alicia Foodycat said...

We're going to try to do some duck breasts on the Weber - never done it before! This is such a delicious looking potato salad. I love the celery seeds in it!

Peter M said...

I've seen two other German and Viennese potato salads...tis the need for mayo!

Lo said...

I have fond memories of my grandmother's German potato salad, which she served warm. Every time I smell that warm bacon dressing, I get a little bit woobly inside :)

How'd you survive the hot weather? It was pretty steamy over here in WI too!

Julie said...

Looks seriously awesome! Would be great with anything grilled...bookmarking!

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