Welcome to the July 12, 2012 German Goodies Newsletter
Cold German Potato Salads How are they different than hot German potato salads?
Swabian Potato Salad
Becky's Potato Salad
Potato Wurst Salat
My grandma always made German Potato Salad the hot way with bacon, onions, vinegar and sugar. I thought maybe all German's thought alike :-)))) When I first had one without the bacon and it was even chilled and it was nothing but potatoes and a nice clingy dressing that made the salad hold together,... I thought wow that is good for just taters.
This style of salad I found out is often referred to as Schwabisch or Swabian potato salad which is made with a waxy potato and just an oil and vinegar dressing but also Beef broth or maybe chicken. I had heard about making a potato salad with beef broth from some German friends and I thought , wow that sounds strange!
Karen Kinnane sent me a book that I think is one of the best books on German cooking in English that I have read called The Cuisines of Germany
It had a recipe for ...The Definitive German Potato Salad by Alfred Walterspiel, who was a famous German Chef and Hotelier in Germany and author of "My Art in Kitchen and Restaurant". Though this style is popular in lots of areas of Germany, the Swabians put their name on it. Swabia is an area in Germany including a small part of western Bavaria and the southern part of Würtemberg, named after a medieval tribe. This potato salad has variations, but we will go over the basics.
Last year at the Camelot restaurant's Oktoberfest in Palm Springs, I got a taste of the best German potato salad like this, from a German lady chef.
I wondered how to make this light and fresh tasting salad.
It is a great summer salad for picnics because there is no mayonnaise in it.
This is a nice companion book to Recipes from a German Grandma. From Germany with Love tells more about the story of my grandma, Emma Block, growing up in a little town in Baden/ Würtemberg, Germany near Heidelberg named Steinsfurt. Then at the age of 15 immigrating to the United States, taking a train with one of her sisters and brothers to Hamburg and sailing the Atlantic with other hope filled Germans wanting to make a life in the "New World". It was not easy but with good values learned in her German upbringing made a full life, had a wonderful family with lots of fun and celebration including great German meals.