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German potato salad

I love potato salad.

My grandfather was a head cook when we get together for cerebration and I liked helping him making dishes,and I enjoyed watching him cooking as well.

Potato salad was one of those side dishes he made now and then and I liked it very much.

Coming to the states, I tried different kinds of potato salad such as American potato salad, German potato salad for the first time.

Those were different from what I have had in Japan; Japanese potato salad often times have steamed carrot, steamed or raw onion, raw cucumber, strips of cooked ham and potatoes are mashed and seasoned with vinegar and mayo.

My grandfather loved including fruits such as slice of Apple or canned fruits like mandarin orange from a can.I loved his potato salad very much.

Our potato salad is a bit different, especially my grandfather’s.

I did not care for American potato salad as much when I tried it. Celery pieces in it was a little too much for me. I was also not so much fun of American mayo.

Japanese mayo and American mayo is different in taste and ingredients is also different a bit. I personally prefer Japanese mayo better.

American mayo ingredients go; Soybean Oil, Water, Whole Eggs and Egg Yolks, Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Calcium Disodium EDTA (Used to Protect Quality), Natural Flavors.

Japanese kewpie mayo ingredients go; Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil), Egg Yolk, Vinegar, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Natural Flavor.  

After trying American potato salad, I tried German potato salad. It was more of vinegar base salad and I really liked it very much.

I later learned that the ones that I tried making is more likely Americanized version of German potato salad and not authentic German potato salad,which will be made with broth vinegar base, but still, it was tasty.

In this entry, I thought I would like to share the German potato salad that I made, and liked very much. This recipe is Not the authentic one, but Americanized version one.

Then, next time, I would like to share my grandfather’s Japanese potato salad. Our 2 year old son loves my grandfather’s potato salad and, he likes to hunt for fruits in the salad:-)


German potato salad..

Ingredients for German potato salad;

2-3 red potato
3 tbs white vinegar
2 tbs sugar
1/2 tbs Dijon mustard
7 stalks chives
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of black pepper

Extra virgin olive oil

2 strips of bacon chopped

<German potato salad>

1. In the skillet, lay the 2 strips of bacon and cook to crisp, and drain the fat over paper towel on the plate

2. In the small bowl, mix 3 tbs white vinegar,2 tbs sugar, 1/2 tbs Dijon mustard, 7 stalks chives, pinch of kosher salt,pinch of black pepper, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

3. wash the potato and when it is still wet, wrap it with paper towel and wrap it over with plastic wrap and microwave about 6-8 minutes or so until tender but not too mushy ( one potato usually require about 3-4 minutes to mushy tender, so microwave a bit shy of that)

4. While potato is still hot, cut it into smaller cube, or simply slice thin and pour the vinegar mixture over and gently stir and let it soak in the juice

5. When it is time to serve, plate the salad, and sprinkle crispy bacon bits on top and serve

** I sometime like to use dill instead of chives.It is very good with dill as well.

6. Enjoy!

Makes:2-3 serving

Sep 20, 2016 | Comments are off | Miscellaneous (Cooking)