A Southern Grace: die Kartoffel ist gut

March 2, 2014

die Kartoffel ist gut


Well, as is often the case with my hobbies, my dedication to learning German has waned.

That doesn't mean I've forgotten everything I've learned, because I haven't. I still remember plenty of words and phrases, including "die Schwangerschaft ist schlecht" ("the pregnancy is bad")(an actual phrase used by the program)(over and over and over again) and Kartoffel. Isn't Kartoffel even more fun than potato (and potahto)?

Let's talk about potato salad. As far as I know, there are three versions: mayonnaise-based, mustardy, and German. Your mayo- and mustard-sauced versions are served cold while the German kind is warm. My current favorite is the hot kind, though I've been on a mustard potato salad kick in the past. I like the tang of the vinegar and, since it's still below freezing some nights, the warm aspect is definitely appealing. The mayonnaise-y kind is okay from time to time, but it's just not my preference.

This recipe is grand, as is the cookbook from which it came. Southern Living’s newest cookbook Southern Living Comfort Food Made Easy: Hearty homestyle dishes for busy cooksfeatures a number of incredibly easy and delicious recipes that will satisfy your need for down-home cooking, fast, with tons of tips on how to whip up impressive dishes on a tight schedule. A few dishes that caught my eye include Basil-Peach Chicken, Green Tomato Sliders, and Banana Bread Cobbler. It's a cookbook that I'm certain will come in handy for me, and probably for you too.

hei├če Kartoffelsalat
Based on a recipe from Southern Living Comfort Food Made Easy: Hearty homestyle dishes for busy cooks
  • 3 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 4 slices bacon, fully cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Bring potatoes and water to cover to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and cook 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
Whisk together vinegar and next 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly, until smooth.
Pour vinegar mixture over potatoes.
Just before serving, add dill and toss gently until blended, then sprinkle with bacon.
Serve immediately.


Alicia Foodycat said...

As much as I love a mayo-fest, this is my preferred type of potato salad. Particularly with a piece of grilled salmon or something!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Yummy, that is something I love!



Angie's Recipes said...

A comforting and delicious warm German salad, Grace. Dein Kartoffelsalat sieht wirklich sehr lecker aus, Grace. Ahhh ich hab Hunger auf deinen Kartoffelsalat und muss den nachmachen.

Gloria Baker said...

this look so good Grace!!

Rosita Vargas said...

Ohh Grace es irresistible y bello me encanta,abrazos.

Pam said...

Warm and comforting - my kind of potato salad.

Erica said...

What a delicious dish! I love potatoes and with bacon.....absolutely delicious:)

Ally said...

Sounds yum!

My fav is Japanese potato salad made with Kewpie. A Japanese mayo that's a bit creamier and sweeter than American mayo. It's really good!

I just recently read about a Southern potato salad where you pour the bacon drippings/grease over the potatoes. Sounds unusual.

sprinklesandsauce said...

looks really appetizing!

Joanne said...

Well, I feel much more competent now that I can say "The Pregnancy is bad". Should i ever go to germany, I'm sure that will come in handy. And if I tote around this potato salad while I'm there, it will most certainly help, I'm sure!

vanillasugarblog said...

My great grandmother used to make warm german potato salad.
Oh how I loved that.
It was so good, so so good.
Been ages since I've seen even a peep of a recipe of it in food blogger land.

Blond Duck said...

I like German salad better!

Katerina said...

Although I love cold salads, I have to say in this particular type I prefer the warm one! Sehr gut!

~~louise~~ said...

Any time you feel like interpreting a German cookbook I have Grace, just let me know. I'm sure you know a lot more German than I do, lol...

I do adore hot potato salad every now and again although, I am such a mayo freak that I tend to go cold rather than hot probably much to often. Since the weather here still wants to keep my chilly feet on their toes, I think warm is definitely the way to go!

That book sounds pretty yummy too. I will need to look into it. Although, I don't need another Southern Living cookbook by any stretch of the imagination:)

Thank you so much for sharing, Grace...

Juliana said...

Bacon and potatoes? Yes...looks delicious Grace, such a comforting dish Grace.
Hope you are having a great week :D

Barbara said...

I had a German grandmother. I get it...in spades. Double and tripe yum!

Unknown said...

You might forget the language but the food will stick with you that's for sure! The result of my own efforts in German~not a word remembered but I can make a decent stollen;-)

I Wilkerson said...

I am more of a mayo potato salad person myself but this still looks good. Sad to hear of your language ambitions waning but I completely understand. I have given up my daily French news--we had some cable problems and I just got out of the habit :(

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I haven't had German Potato Salad in years. My man doesn't like mayonaisey potato salad, I am wondering if he would like this. Going to try it and see if I can get him to like this kind of potato salad.