Tuesday, July 13, 2010

97. Hot German Potato Salad, Microwave (G)

For all of my growing-up years, I only knew of one kind of potato salad. It was the traditional kind my mother made with mayonnaise. It tasted wonderful and familiar and I did not feel the need to investigate further. Eventually, however, I did enjoy other potato salad recipes.

 One that always intrigued me was hot, German potato salad. I love the tang of the vinegar and the smoky bacon flavor. The fact that it is served while the potatoes are still warm is another plus because it eliminates the wait-time. Traditional potato salad seems to be made for summer and picnics, while the German kind could help warm up a cold night whether it is spring, fall or winter. German potato salad is a comfort food to love and, it is gluten-free!

The interesting history of German potato salad can be found at the following site: http://www.kitchenproject.com/german/recipes/GermanPotatoSalad/history.htm

The site also has a link to the Potato Museum in Munich. Be sure to select the language of choice at the top of the bar for the museum. Potato museums also exist in the US and information can be found on them by searching the internet.

While there are hundreds of recipes for German Potato Salad, the one I have chosen to post is made entirely in the microwave and has been enjoyed by my family for years. By using the microwave for all of the cooking, this potato salad just might be perfect for a summer day after all.

Hot German Potato Salad

3 Medium red potatoes
5 slices bacon, diced
½ C chopped onion
½ C chopped celery
1/3 C cider vinegar
2 T water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp caraway seeds
¼ tsp celery seeds
¼ tsp dried parsley flakes
Dash hot sauce

Rinse potatoes and pat dry. Wrap in paper towels and put in cloth potato sack, (post #54) and microwave individually for 5 min. or until tender when pressed. Cool potatoes, peel and slice. (Peeling is optional). Set aside.

Place bacon in a casserole. Microwave on HIGH for 5 m in. until crisp. Remove bacon using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.

 Add onion and celery to bacon drippings. Cover casserole with heavy-duty plastic wrap, and vent. Microwave HIGH for 3-4 minutes. Stir. Place remaining ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 min. or until mixture boils. (Don't forget the dash of hot sauce).

Add potatoes, bacon and vinegar mixture to onion mixture; toss lightly.

Microwave HIGH for 2 min. or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately. 4 servings.

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