Here's how to boil potatoes, one of the most traditional of all German side dishes known as Saltzkartoffeln which translates as "salt potato." Peeled and quartered, potatoes are cooked in salted water. Boiled potatoes are star accompaniments to all kinds of meats and fish. Here they are shown along side pork hocks and sauerkraut salad. YUM!
If you need to keep the drained potatoes warm, cover pot with towel and then lid. Potatoes will stay warm without going soggy for about 15 - 20 minutes.
New potatoes are great for cooking in their jackets (peels) and are called “Pellkartoffeln”, but once the potatoes are a bit older and the skins thicker, peeling is necessary. That's what's used for these “Salzkartoffeln.”
Another delicious way to use any leftover boiled potatoes is Hoppel Poppel, a recipe from Berlin. With added eggs and bacon, it's a great lunch or light supper.
“How long to boil potatoes?” is a common question. Medium-sized potatoes that have been quartered will take about 20 minutes. Use a knife to check if they are ready. If the knife goes in easily, they're done. Overcooking will make them too soft and mushy and they may fall apart.
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How to Boil Potatoes