➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
Oma's best German potato salad recipe is traditional in northern Germany. Yes, this Kartoffelsalat is made with mayonnaise. In the South, it's often made without mayo and the link to that one is down below. Both authentic and wunderbar!
This cold German potato salad comes from my Mutti's handwritten cookbook. It was always such a treat when she served it since she usually kept this as a special Sunday luncheon or for party buffets.
Mutti's signature presentation included crumbling cooked egg yolks over the top with finely chopped cooked egg whites as an outer ring. A sprig of parsley finished it off. People hesitated to dig in to the serving bowl because it always looked so pretty. They didn't hesitate long though! After all, this is German food at its best!
And yes, this one is German. In fact, the mayonnaise in this tells me it's from the northern part of Germany. Southern Germany's salads rarely have mayo. Looking for a non-mayo one? Take a look at this non-mayo bacon and vinegar potato salad.
It seems like there are as many traditional recipes for German potato salad as there are German Omas (grandmothers).
Each has just a slight difference, meaning, there's no ONE way of making this very traditional German food.
Above, I've served this potato salad with a very German Knackwurst, aka Knockwurst, which comes from the northern part of Germany. A perfect pairing. Add mustard and this is real German food!
When questioned about the authenticity of its German origins, I did some research. Each family, it seems, has their own way of how to make potato salad. And each is delicious.
In northern Germany, most potato salads are cream based, such as this one below. My Mutti, coming from Berlin, made it this way. It's the only way I ever had it until I took my first trip back to Germany as an adult.
In southern Germany, most potato salads are made with a vinegar, bacon, and broth base.
I have so many wunderbar memories in the kitchen with my Oma, and have had MANY of her most popular and traditional recipes, like this German potato salad!
I love Oma's German potato salad! I ALWAYS request this one. Especially during summertime, it's the perfect accompaniment to a fresh bratwurst off the BBQ.
Want to make sausage just like that beautifully cooked one below to pair with your potato salad? Here's the recipe for Oma's bratwurst sausage!
I remember making this salad recipe with Oma many times! It is such a hit amongst our family and is an absolute staple during our summer get-togethers.
I know what you're thinking, "But Lydia, I can just go to the store and buy one already made." Well, why would you buy it when you can make it just like Oma!
There are so many great reasons to make your own potato salad. Not only can you make a bigger portion, but you can add a little bit of this and a little bit of that to spruce it up and really make it your own! Play around with some seasoning, or you can add more potatoes and pickles if you wish.
That's the best part of making your own! You can alter it to be truly yours!
My favorite part of Oma's potato salad is the pickles. They give it a nice extra crunch and punch of flavor! Pickles are also my favorite food ... so it really is a treat for me. When I make this potato salad at home, I always add quite a few pickles in there, just because. :)
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This potato salad is also what I'm usually asked to bring to parties. It always brings rave reviews and I've learned to have the recipe ready to give out.
If you want a still easier and quicker recipe, try the adaptation of this, my Easy Potato Salad.
But first, here's the salad just like my Mutti used to make ...
Oma's Cream Roll recipe, Biskuitrolle, is the German version of a Swiss roll or jelly roll. Filled with whipped cream and studded with berries, this is an easy-to-make treat anytime of the year.
Make this pan roasted carrot recipe when you're wanting quick and easy carrots just like this German Oma makes them. Similar to oven roasted, just quicker. YUM!
Cooking green beans, German-style, makes a wonderful side dish for almost any meal. Cooking the grüne Bohnen till just tender with a creamy white sauce is so traditional and so lecker!
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