The hot weather has returned.
The oven is, once again, off and salads are back on the table.
This has been one of our favorites for years.
Bacon and cider vinegar add the traditional flavors of Hot German Potato Salad.
The green beans and celery round it out, making it a great accompaniment to grilled meats.
Serve warm or room temp… Or even right from the fridge!
Warm Potato Salad with Green Beans
Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
- 4 potatoes, medium
8oz (250gr) green beans
- 1 large onion
1 cup chopped celery, 2 – 3 ribs
- 4 slices bacon
- 1/2 cup beef stock
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tbs cornstarch (corn flour, maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs water
- Put a large saucepan, with a steamer basket inside and an inch of water, on the burner; medium – high heat.
- Slice potatoes – the long way, first in half, then in half again. Now slice (the short way) about 1/4 inch thick. We are aiming for bite size so if you have a huge potato, adjust accordingly. As you finish slicing add to the steamer basket.
- Top and tail beans and slice into 1 1/2" (4cm) pieces.
- Put on top of potatoes.
- Cover and cook for 10 – 15 minutes after water is boiling or until done. Stick a fork into a bean and a potato and taste to test.
- Remove from heat, uncover and set aside.
- In large nonstick skillet fry bacon, remove when crisp and pour off all but 1 tbs of fat.
- Add onions and celery, sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add stock, vinegar and bring to boil.
- Dissolve cornstarch in water and slowly stir into stock mixture, boiling until thick.
- Add cooked potatoes and beans stir gently to combine.
- Add bacon, crumbled, and stir gently.
- Put into a serving bowl. Serve hot, warm or room temperature.
I really shouldn't like this….
According to my upbringing, anyway.
My mother didn't like Hot German Potato Salad.
Parents / early childhood can have a strong influence on what and how we eat.
I remember the German Potato Salad incident well…. We were at the local 'Smelt Feed" (we loved smelt). I was very young, 5 or 6. As we were going through the buffet line with our plates, my mother announced that 'We don't like German Potato Salad."
I assumed that was an absolute truth.
I was married and cooking for years before I ever even tasted it. I immediately loved it.
We had a similar situation with tomatoes….
I was 18 before I ate a fresh tomato.
My mother claimed to love tomatoes.
She would peel it, slice it, then put salt, pepper, sugar on each slice and smother it all in bottled French Dressing.
I thought the whole thing was awful – thereofore, never ate them.
When I finally realized how wonderful fresh tomatoes were I suggested she try them naked.
She said she liked them the way she ate them.
I maintained she liked the salt, pepper, sugar, French Dressing and the tomato was just the vehicle to get it to her mouth.
On the other hand, she loved liver, sauerkraut, rutabagas… And smelt.
Things that I also love and many people absolulety loath.
We never ate, and I still don't eat, tongue, sweetbreads and brains.
How did your childhood influence your adult eating habits?
How did you influence your children's eating habits?