This hot German potato salad is among the easy German recipes sent in by one of our readers, Roswitha (Rose) Seemann. Her family comes from the southern part of Germany, near the French/Swiss border, and that's reflected in this recipe. In Southern Germany, the hot potato salad recipes abound.
Usually made with a vinegar, broth, and a bacon base, they contrast to the salads made in the northern Germany. There, the potato salads are usually made with a creamy dressing and served cold. It's these northern German salads that I'm more familiar with.
I was most surprised to learn that the vinegary ones were German as well! I love to add celery seeds to Roswitha's salad. Not because it needs anything extra, but I like that it gives "a bit of a herbal bite" to it.
Remember, make the recipe, especially any salad recipe, your own. Add what you think will work. If you like something, it will probably be fantastic in this. I can see radish slices, chopped parsley, even chopped pickles added to this hot potato salad.
Roswitha shared that potato salad is something a lot of German people like. Perhaps it's this same recipe. The original recipe called for 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp of vinegar. She cut it down to ⅔ cup because she found it too strong. But those who like the strong vinegar taste can add more.
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