It is, well, it was FoodFriday yesterday and I had everything ready to post this recipe for warm German potato salad, when I realized that I had forgotten to take a picture of the finished salad – duh! Therefore I did not post yesterday, but only today. Because in between, i.e. yesterday evening, we barbecued and I made, as usual, one green salad and the said warm German potato salad. Here is what you need for it.
small sack of small potatoes (1 - 1.5 lb)
1 red onion
water or broth (1/2 cup)
vinegar (1/4 cup)
sugar (1/4 cup)
flour (1 tb spoon)
salt & pepper
Cook the potatoes in the skin until they are done, but still fairly firm, unless you want to end up with a new kind of mashed potatoes. Then peel and slice them, not too thinly, because they might break apart and look rather ugly. This is also why small potatoes work best for warm German potato salad. Dice the onion and mix with the potatoes, which by the way, are still warm. Ideally you will find some way to keep them warm e.g. a water bath. In a small skillet heat the water, mix it with the vinegar and sugar. Once the mixture boils stir in the flour. To keep it from clumping you may want to mix the flour with a little water before you add it to the boiling mixture. Keep simmering and stirring the mix until it gets kind of translucent and then pour it over the potatoes. Mix everything thoroughly. Let it stand and seep in while you dice the bacon. In this case I actually used heart-healthy turkey bacon and fried it in a pan. Other, healthier, alternatives e.g. microwave are, of course, o.k., too. Maybe even a vegetarian alternative, by adding smoked tofu and fry it? Hmm, I think that is something that I will have to try. Anyways, add the bacon to the potatoes, mix everything again, add salt and pepper to taste and done you are. A simple yet very delicious warm German potato salad. We got to know this variety of potato salad while we lived in the southern part of Germany. Up further north, where I am from, we had a different family recipe, which I will share with you another day. But both, and all the other zillion of varieties of potato salad, are a perfect side dish when BBQing. This particular one is pretty quickly prepared, very easy and very yummy!
Dig in and enjoy your summer evening BBQ!!