Saturday, September 10, 2011

German Potato Salad

I'm so ridiculously bad that this is the first post of pictures from the Hartmann (Jimmy's mother's family) family reunion in South Carolina from a few weeks ago!  Yes  - at one point in the week with Troupe, Me, my mom, and Aunt Anne - we were borderline ready to call it a Trice family trip (Trice is my mother's maiden name)! haha Ursula didn't know that an invite to one really meant an invite to all!!

This potato salad is a favorite of the Hartmann/Hlavacek family.  Grandma Hartmann - AKA Ursie I - relinquished the reigns over her masterpiece to let us minions contribute it to the gathering one night.

3-4 lbs new potatoes (white and waxy looking or red potatoes,medium-sized
lots of minced fresh parsley (1/2 c - 3/4 c)
½ onion, finely chopped Vidalia (sweet)
Mayonnaise to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3-1/2 c apple cider vinegar
1/3 c light olive oil

Put potatoes in cold water and bring to boil with skins on.  Reduce heat to simmer.  Cooking time will depend on size of potatoes - somewhere around 15-20 minutes.  Watch carefully and test with large pronged fork.  If sizes are different you will have to take small potatoes out first.  Cool and when can be handled, peel.  Don’t wait until they are cold. 

Make vinaigrette dressing by whisking 1/3 cup vinegar and around 3/4 cup olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper).  Whisk until emulsified and tastes good.  Add more vinegar a teaspoon at a time until taste suits you.  You don't want it too oily or too sour!  You could also add 1 teaspoon prepared french dijon mustard.

Peel and slice potatoes.  I usually add the onion and dressing as I slice potatoes and put them in the bowl (you may not need all the dressing - you don't want it soupy!)  Add parsley to taste.  If made the day before, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  Before serving add mayo to taste.  I usually use a mixture of regular and light or you can use all regular.  Just add a little at a time and gently fold it into the potatoes.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.

1 comment:

  1. A really great recipe, and I must say a grand time was had by all!