Here's how to boil potatoes, one of the most traditional of all German side dishes - "Salzkartoffeln", translated as "salt potato. Peeled and quartered, potatoes are cooked in salted water. Boiled potatoes are star accompaniments to all kinds of meats and fish.
If you need to keep 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.
Among the many recipes using potatoes in German cookbooks, this is among the easiest. Leftovers can be used for Bratkartoffel, another traditional German side dish. This is actually one of my very favourite treats. I usually boil extra potatoes just to have leftovers for this on the following day.
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