Tuesday, 18 February 2014

My Berlin Kitchen Potato Salad

My Berlin Kitchen Potato Salad by Carole's Chatter

I'll be posting tomorrow about the book My Berlin Kitchen but I wanted to share with you a recipe/technique that I got from the book which has probably changed the way I'll do Potato Salad for ever!

This is my own description of how I did it – so apologies to Luisa Weiss if I didn't do it right!

Step 1 – cook your potatoes – choose waxy ones

Step 2 – let your potatoes cool for at least 2 hours (more would have been better I think)

Step 3 – thinly slice your potatoes.  I think that the idea is that the potatoes will hold together better if they are sliced cold.  Mine fell apart a bit.  (Before this I have always quartered or cubed potatoes in potato salad)

Step 4 – Melt 4 tablespoons of butter (unsalted) – it sounds a lot – but you need to judge how much you need depending on how many potatoes you cooked

Step 5 – Add 1 finely chopped onion into the butter and fry for 3 minutes.  And for this it is important that the onion is as finely chopped as you can.  A bit fiddly but important to the end result.

Step 6 – Add wine vinegar and chicken broth (twice as much broth as vinegar).  I used my homemade chicken stock.  Add 1 tablepoon of Dijon mustard and then simmer for 3 more minutes

Step 7 – Whisk into the mixture 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

Step 8 – pour your hot mixture over your sliced potatoes and season to taste with salt and pepper.  And you are done.  I put some sliced spring onions on top just to add a wee bit of colour.

In the past I have always put cold dressings (some like a vinaigrette and sometimes with mayo) onto hot potatoes.  Cooking the onion and heating the dressing and putting it onto cold potatoes worked like a treat.
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  1. Very different but it sounds delicious!

  2. We always pour some Italian-style dressing over the warm potatoes after they're cut. It gets absorbed and adds so much flavor to the potatoes!

  3. Good Morning Carole, I do love potato salad, well as I said in your comments section on Food on Friday, I love, love, love potatoes. I lived in Germany many years ago and I really enjoyed the potato salads my friends made, they were always so tangy and creamy. I have never added a hot dressing to cold potatoes, so I am looking forward to trying your recipe.
    Best Wishes


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