German Potato Salad
Do you ever get the urge for a dish you’ve not had for awhile? That’s how I was with this Germany Potato Salad recently. It reminds me of what my mother used to make. (Though the recipe I now use is from a German deli in New York.)
To begin with, boil, peel and chop the potatoes. Get out the cast-iron skillet and fry up some bacon. Remove bacon to paper towel and add chopped red onions and garlic to drippings. Combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, and seasonings. Lastly, pour the hot dripping mixture over the potatoes and sprinkled with chopped green onions.
In the process, my counter tops becomes covered with peelings and choppings. But, alas, I do it because the dish is so doggone good! Recipe here.
Want Red Cabbage with Your Potato Salad?
Of course, you want red cabbage with your potato salad. But you don’t find red cabbage on many menus. When I do, I go for it. Most often I’m at Schneithorst’s, the Bavarian-themed gastropub, where they do the German side dish with pizzazz.
The dish is easy to make at home, though it’s often hard to find family and friends, who enjoy it as much as I do. In defense of red cabbage, I remind them that the vegetable—besides being delicious—is high in fiber and packed with vitamins C and K. Even so, I wind up eating most of it myself.
Simple and Speedy
This simple one skillet dish comes together in ten minutes. This recipe is probably more than a hundred years old, since it was given to me by an elderly woman from Arkansas a long time ago. All you do is add the shredded red cabbage, a chopped Granny apple, a little lemon juice and brown sugar to a skillet along with a stick of butter. Add salt and pepper, cover and simmer 50-60 minutes. It starts off as a huge pan full, but it cooks down.
Serve with sausage or a pork roast. It’s even better the next day.
German Red Cabbage
- 8 Tbs. butter (1 stick)
- 1 red cabbage (medium head), shredded
- 3 tart apples, diced
- 3 Tbs. lemon juice
- 3 tsp. brown sugar
- Salt to taste
- Melt butter in skillet. Add all other ingredients and cover. Simmer 50 minutes or until cabbage is tender.