Authentic German Potato Salad Southern Style

This is an authentic German recipe as they make it in the Southern Part (Swabia, which is around Stuttgart, Freiburg and Karlsruhe) of Germany. Every traditional restaurant (Gasthaus) serves this salad either in comination with a mixed salad or just plain. We call it “Kartoffelsalat”.
It is one of my favorite salads and I think my mother makes the best one. She boiles the potatoes and lets them cool off completely before she grates them. Every Christmas Eve, which is the 24th, we had potato salad and Wienerle (the long and thin sausages). Then we would open the presents and enjoy the German Christmas cookies but this is another story which I will tell you later…
Try it out. The recipe is for 6-8 people.

Things You’ll Need:

* 1,5 pounds cooked (waxy) potatoes
* 500 ml beef broth
* 1 medium sized cucumber
* 1 medium sized onion
* 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
* 1/4 cup sun flower oil
* 1/4 cup vinegar
* salt, pepper

– Boil the potatoes but don’t peel them.
– While potatoes are boiling chop the onion into little cubes, add it into a big bowl.
– Add oil, vinegar and mustard, stir. Peel the cucumber and cut it into thin slices or grate it.
– Add it to the onions and pour 250ml (half of the amount) HOT beef broth (the best would be to make one!) over it.
– When potatoes are done, take them out of the water, peel them and cut them into thin slices.
– Add them to the onion-cucumber mix. Stir. Add more broth. The salad should NOT be too dry (hear a smacking sound while stirring) and should not be swimming in broth.
– Add salt, pepper.
– Let it stand for some time to see if it still moist (potatoes take up the liquid), add more broth if needed.

This salad tastes delicious as a side dish with the famous German “Wienerschnitzel”, hot dogs, sausages or is great for a barbecue. A typical diner for the evening before Christmas would be potato salad and Wiener sausages.

And it has less calories as you think! 5 pounds of this salad are having only 1900 calories. That’s not so bad.

Tips & Warnings
* Buy waxy, yellow potatoes; if possible use organic potatoes
* Home made broth is the best or boullion (cubes), the one in a container is always artificially flavored and doesn’t taste so good
* You can add parsley before you serve it
* Don’t use chicken broth
* Don’t use soft and floury potatoes
* Never use mayonnaise for this salad

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Visual Artist, Photographer, Writer, Blogger, Cook
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