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Oma's Recipe for German Potato Salad ❤️

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

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German Potato Salad ... southern style

My recipe for German potato salad is an easy way to learn how to make potato salad. This one's usually served warm, but it tastes great cold as well. It follows the method shown for Easy Potato Salad, but has an interesting variation for the dressing, more in the style of the salads eaten in southern Germany

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Oma's Recipe for German Potato Salad ❤️

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (see Hints below)
  • 1½ lb potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 4 - 5 pickles, cubed
  • 1 bunch radishes, sliced (optional)
  • salt, pepper
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp juice from pickles
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • chives to garnish

Instructions:

  • In large pot, cook onions in butter until translucent.
  • Add broth and bring to boil.
  • Add potato slices and simmer, covered, about 10 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  • Mix egg yolks, sugar, pickle juice, and lemon juice.
  • Remove pot from heat and stir egg yolk mixture into the potatoes.
  • Add pickles and radishes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with chopped chives. Serves 4.

Hints:

  • Use 1 cup of water and a bouillon cube instead of the vegetable broth

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Quick Tip ...

  • If you have nice new potatoes, you can skip peeling them.
  • Just scrub them well and slice.
  • This is really a healthier way to eat potatoes.

That's not like the German potato salad I've had!

Well, that's because there is not just one recipe for German potato salad.

Basically, northern Germany uses mayonnaise in their potato salads, and southern Germany uses recipes similar to the one above. But, even there, there are variations and no rule applies!

There are almost as many recipes as there are German cooks! So, use these various potato salad recipes to kick-start your own variation!

The above recipe is usually eaten warm. In other words, while this is cooking, you can make the dressing, perhaps but the hamburgers on the grill. Finish off the salad, take the burgers off the grill, and enjoy a traditional German feast!

If the salad is still HOT, why you've just made a hot German potato salad recipe -- also very traditional! And, if it's cold, then it's also traditional!

Oma says,

What I find so humorous about this is, that my Mutti loved to make potato salad. We all loved potato salad.

AND, we only knew the mayo type. AND, we only knew of the cold type. 

Never, ever, did we eat our salad hot or warm.

Now, though, I've learned different. I really enjoy the salad warm; somehow the flavours just seem to come through better.

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