Tired of the typical mayonnaise style potato salad?
Try a lighter German potato salad ....
Most people recognize German potato salad because it is served warm with a slightly tart bacon dressing. The German Immigrants to the United States made this style of potato salad so people began calling it Hot German potato salad. There are versions that just use a vinaigrette dressing and are tossed and served cold. There are other goodies that you can add to your potato salad also to make it unique.
As a Salad....
You can serve this hot or cold.
As a side dish....
as an alternative to mashed potatoes, or a baked potato you can serve a Hot German potato salad with anything from a steak to grilled Ahi Tuna.
As a Main DIsh...
you can add slices of beef or chicken to this and other vegetables and turn it into a nice entree.
What makes a good German Potato Salad?
Any potato works well but it is good to understand the qualities of each potato to their advantage in your salad.
Many Germans like the firm red skin potato but the russet works well as also.
The typical dressing is a very simple vinaigrette that is equal parts water, vinegar and sugar. However all vinegars are a bit different so you need to do some experimenting. Rice and distilled vinegars are milder, but a cider vinegar works well also. Too strong a flavored vinegar like a tarragon vinegar may hide the flavor of the bacon and onions. If the dressing is too strong just add a bit more water.
If you are making a cold German potato salad a simple vinaigrette will work well.
The secret of getting that yummy flavor to your hot German potato salad is using a bit of the bacon fat in your dressing. This is accomplished easily by frying the bacon up and then adding the onions and potatoes in the same pan.
The onion for a hot German potato salad needs to be cooked which sweetens it. . Raw onion just doesn't give the same flavor.
Boil in their jackets, peel and slice:
4 large potatoes
Dice: 5 thick slices of bacon
Prepare: 1 Cup chopped onion
Mix dressing ingredients in measuring cup:
¼ Cup wine vinegar
¼ Cup water
¼ Cup sugar
Use to taste: salt and pepper
1 .Fry the diced bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until almost crisp.
2 . Add chopped onion and continue stirring until onion is cooked and turns slightly golden brown.3 . Add mixed dressing ingredients, heat and stir until mixture boils and sugar is dissolved.
4. Add sliced potatoes, mixing everything together well.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, for at least 10 minutes, or until the potatoes have absorbed all the liquid and are heated through. Continue heating and turning the mixture over for another 5 to 10 minutes. May allow to stand for additional 10-15 minutes to let the flavors blend completely.