Monday, July 25, 2011

Potato Salad, German Style

It has come to that time of day when breakfast was a long time ago but lunch still a fair way off, and it is important to take breaks from work, especially at that point where your brain switches off and you can no longer think. At times like these I can of course still think about food so I am going to tell the world (that is, the small world of people that read this) how to make Germany's version of potato salad, that I had last night as my German houseguest wanted to cook for us before she left. It apparently was not quite real german potato salad because these Irish potatoes were not quite firm enough (or maybe we just cooked them too long) and also apparrently the real version, made by dedicated grandmothers, involves very thinly sliced potatoes and is done so fast that it is still hot when served. So this is easier, student-version South-German potato salad. I will write it down quick while I still remember it - we had ours with sausages in an attempt to make a proper German meal, except that they were of course Irish sausages.

German Potato Salad

1 kilogram baby potatoes (or some kind of firm potato)
1 small brown onion
1-2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Salt (I'm sorry, I don't know how much, maybe just a sprinkle? You can always add more at the end)
3 teaspoons mustard (dijon or wholegrain is good, and actually however much you like till it taste's good)
Pepper to taste
1 cup concentrated vegetable stock

Boil the potatoes whole until they are cooked but firm. Drain the water and then fill to pot with cold water.

Chop the onion up really finely, place in a bowl and add the vinegar and salt. When the potatoes are cold enough to handle peel the skins off (they should be loose from the cold water). Slice them thinly and place in the bowl with the onions. Add the mustard and pepper and stir gently, because you want the potatoes to retain their shape and not be mashed.

Finally add the stock and again stir gently. It can be served hot or cold!

This potato salad was good, better than some I actually had in Germany, as there is some kind of potato salad in Germany and Austria that is really quite acidic, like sauerkraut is. But maybe it is actually the same as this with even more vinegar? So like I said it was good, but of course I will always say the NZ potato salad is better! Although I'm not even sure that we have an official sort of potato salad, maybe it's just that all the families that I know make it in a similar way and elsewhere in the country it is very different? Both types are vastly different from Irish potato salad, which is actually just mashed potatoe. Sure it has mayonaise and chives but then they mash it! That is not salad, it is cold mashed potatoe. Which is all well and good but you might as well call it as it is.

1 comment:

  1. Nice potato salad recipe, my favorite is and always has been a nice German potato salad, thanks for your recipe version to try.


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