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Friday, December 28, 2012

[Kartoffelsalat] A very traditional German potato salad - A popular holiday sidedish

I got this recipe from my old German friend. She said the Kartoffelsalat is a soul food for so many Germans, especially for Bavarians.  

I also believe so. Kartoffelsalat is  one of the most common side dish served with any kind of main dish in Bavaria.

(at a restaurant  in Lindau im Bodensee, Bavaria, Germany @ August 2005)

(16-month old Remi eating Kartoffelsalat in Lindau im Bodensee, Bavaria, Germany @ August 2005)

This is a crowd pleaser. I've made this Kartoffelsalat at least for over 10 years. I've never seen any leftover kartoffelsalat, a.k.a. traditional German potato salad, at a potluck or a holiday dinner. This is a staple at our holiday luncheon, especially when the main dish is ham.

As this is a, if not "the", most popular side dish, there are thousands of variants out there. Personally, I find a very simple kartoffelsalat (potato salad) without frills, i.e. my recipe, is the best! :D

You should definitely try this!

Here goes the recipe.

(3-4 servings)
2 pounds potato* (preferably baking potato)
1 onion, diced
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 pickles, finely chopped
  some pickle juice, according to your taste


1. Boil the potatoes with a little salt, drain and peel. Allow to cool and then cut into thin slices (slice, otherwise the discs are too thin)

2. Meanwhile, boil broth and chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes before adding vinegar. Turn off the heat and add vinegar. Let it cool.

3. Pour the broth and onion mixture over the sliced potato. Mix well.
4. Dice pickles.

5. Add the diced pickles and mustard to the potato mixture.
6. Add mayo and pickle juice, and mix well.

7. Toss lightly and let stand for an hour, at least~
(You can serve it warm just 10 minutes after the ingredients are well mixed.)

This is a basic recipe. And also is this the foolproof recipe.
Hope you like it too. :D



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