Sunday, September 12, 2010

30 Things to Make Before I Turn 30: German Potato Salad

It's been over an month since I crossed an item off of my 30 Things to Make Before I Turn 30. I've been making pretty steady progress on the list, but with 6 months and 10 items left before the big 3-0, I knew I needed to get crackin. 
Here's an updated version:

30 Things to Make Before I Turn 30

1. Cornish Hens [Check!]
2. Homemade Salsa [Check!]
3. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
5. Cheese Souffle 
6. Blueberry Pie
7. Homemade Marshmallows
8. She Crab Soup (Famous in the area where we live!)
9. Beef Pot Roast [Check!]
11. Monkey Bread [Check!]
12. Yeast Bread
13. Sweet Potato Soup [Check!]
16. Scones [Check!]
17. Beer battered fish [Check!]
18. Homemade Granola [Check!]
19. Rack of lamb (Thanks Cheryl)
20. Pasties (Recipe from A. Chris)  [Check!]
22. Lasanga [Check!]
23. Eggplant Parmesean
24. Fettucine Alfredo (Recipe from Mary) [Check!]
25. English Muffins
26. German Potato Salad  [Check!]
29. Chicken Braised in Red Wine
30. Bean Burgers (Recipe from Margaret) [Check!]

I chose German Potato Salad as the next recipe. For some reason I'm really craving potatoes lately. Oh, who am I kidding, I'm always craving potatoes. I originally added German Potato Salad to my list because of my potato passion and because I loooooooove potato salad, especially versions that are different from the ho-hum mayonnaise engulfed version that you see in big tubs at the grocery store. German Potato Salad is a delicious deviation because it combines crispy bacon and sauteed onions with boiled potatoes and is dressed with vinegar, salt, and sugar. It's acidic, sweet, savory and served warm. Hubby and I ate this for lunch because it's so filling and because we kept going back for more.  
Hot German Potato Salad
(Makes 8 servings - if you go to the link above you can recalculate the recipe for whatever number of servings you need)

6 potatoes, peeled
4 slices of bacon
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon flour
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon white sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup water
3 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, but still firm, about 25 minutes. Drain, cool, and slice thin.
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly browned. Drain, crumble, and set aside, reserving drippings in the skillet.
Saute onions in the bacon drippings until they are golden brown.
In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, celery seed and pepper. Add to the sauteed onions and cook and stir until bubbly, then remove from the heat. 
Stir in water and vinegar, then return to the stove and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for one minute. Carefully stir the bacon and sliced potatoes into the vinegar/onion mixture, stirring gently until the potatoes are heated through.
 Serve immediately. 


  1. I've never heard of this before. It actually sounds really delicious. Your bernaise experience made me laugh. Anyone who will drink a poorly executed sauce is a keeper!

  2. What a great list. Your #23 is my #1 favorite meal!! I blogged about it not long ago - lots of step-by-step pics.


  3. Looks super good, I can't wait to see your marshmallows!

  4. Hi Ashley! I like your idea of a list of things to make before you're 30. I would start one too except I have only 3 months left before I turn 30 so there's not much time!
    I'm so glad you liked the tuna pasta recipe, feel free to share it on your blog. I think it would be great with lots of veggies too, for sure!



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