The best comment for an authentic German potato salad can be ‘Dieser Kartoffelsalat ist einfach kstlich!’ which is exciting for an American or continental chef to hear from one of the German diners. Basically, it translates into ‘This potato salad is simply delicious!’
While it is not difficult to find authentic German potato salad recipes, it is interesting to find one that has been in a generational tradition for years. One such recipe follows below.
Ingredients for the German Potato Salad Recipe
Basically, you start off with large potatoes that have been peeled and cut into large chunks after being boiled. These should not be mushy. You should simply be able to penetrate them with a fork. Now heat 1/4 cup of cooking oil in a large frying pan and fry one large white onion that has been skinned and chopped. Keep cooking till lightly browned. Add in 1/4 cup of white vinegar along with 1/4 cup of water. Season it with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. After it comes to a boil pour this mixture right onto the potatoes and crumble on top half cup of cooked meat which is crispy.
Now stir all the items gently together until all of them are completely heated. Transfer the potato salad into a serving bowl or a flat dish and serve after sprinkling parsley on top. It is best served warm with steaks and other meat-based recipes.
The Germans were known for their meat and potatoes style meals, which are traditionally followed today. Fortunately, a lot of the high-fat ingredients have been replaced with moderate calorie ingredients. However, the basic technique of creating the authentic German potato salad recipe still remains the same.
Interestingly enough Germans do not understand the meaning of vegetarian food, and there is some sort of meat in every recipe. If you were to have pea soup in Germany it would come with a heavy sprinkling of chicken meat inside it. There are delicious accompaniments that can be served with the German potato salad recipe. These are listed ahead.
Authentic German Pontiac Potato Salad
Another recipe can be prepared using a dozen Pontiac potatoes. Simply peel and boil them. While they are cooking, fry six slices of meat without draining the grease. Use the traditional sweet onion and dice the whole thing into the meat mixture along with two cloves of minced garlic. Fry this while boiling the potatoes in a separate pan. When both are ready you can slice the potatoes and chop the meat into small pieces. Combine both of them into the same frying pan that you cooked the meat in.
Pour in half a cup of water and 3 tablespoons of white vinegar. Sprinkle half a teaspoon of minced garlic on top and season with salt or pepper. You can taste it to check if they’re ready. The basic testing guide is the golden brown potato slices, which indicate that the recipe is ready to be served. It is best served with handmade noodles, the breaded veal which has a mushroom sauce and traditional gravy with it. This can be followed by the rich chocolate cake known as sacher torte.