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Recipe: Mama Simpson's Kartoffelsalat

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My Mother’s Kartoffelsalat (Potato Salad) recipe is a German style potato salad; not one with mayonnaise. This is the type I grew up with and I think the other type is just wrong.

One day many years ago I asked my mother from the recipe and she gave it to me. Trouble was - she didn’t have any measurements. It was all done by how much seemed good. I present the recipe to you in the same way.

  • Potatoes. Boiled until they are cooked through - but not mushy. Cut up potatoes if some are much bigger than others (so they cook evenly). Then sliced into approx 1/4” slices. Peeling is optional.
  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Onion - chopped
  • Garlic - minced
  • (optional) Bacon - cut into little pieces and cooked crisp.
  • (optional) Cucumber - sliced very thin.

I usually make it with 5lbs of potatoes (because I am bringing it to Thanksgiving dinner for example). For that much potato 1-2 onions will be good and something like a tablespoon of garlic (hard to have too much for me).

After slicing the potatoes while still hot and adding garlic and onion put in oil and vinegar - make sure the potatoes are well coated. I like it to be a bit sour so I make sure there is a bit more vinegar than oil.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Can be served warm after cooking or cold, or reheated in a microwave, or fried up in a pan (Papa did that one time when Mama was in the hospital and I was still pretty young).