Friday, September 28, 2007

Sweet and Sour German Potato Salad

This warm and tangy salad is delicious with grilled bratwurst or any kind of barbeque. It holds its own alongside other flavorful foods. Mom used to make this when we were growing up- it is sweet and salty with the familiar potato to soak up all the wonderful dressing.

For the salad:
6 large Maine potatoes
1 large Vidalia onion

For the dressing:

1 lb bacon, diced
3⁄4 c finely chopped yellow onion
3 T flour
1⁄2 c white vinegar
3⁄4 c water
3 T sugar
1 T celery seeds
1 1⁄2 t salt
1 t fresh ground black pepper

Wash and trim the potatoes and onion. Peel the potatoes if you like. Cut the potatoes and onion into quarters. In a large saucepan boil the potatoes and onion until the potatoes are fork tender but not mushy. Drain the water (reserving it if you are making foccacia). Let the potatoes cool. When they are cool enough to handle chop them into bite-sized pieces. Slice the onion into bite sized pieces.

In a large pan, fry bacon till crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, crumble and set aside.

Add the 3⁄4 c onion to bacon fat in pan and cook 5-8 minutes till onion is soft. With a slotted spoon, remove onion and set aside with bacon.

Whisk flour into bacon fat. Add the vinegar, water, celery seeds, sugar, salt and pepper. Heat to a boil. Set pan on medium heat and cook till thickened.

Add potatoes, cooked Vidalia onion, bacon and sautéed onion. Gently stir to coat the potatoes. Serve while warm.

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