As it turns out, we’ve been doing this potato salad thing all wrong.
Have you had the scrumtrulescence that is German potato salad? I hadn’t until last week. To summarize: it’s tubular.
Authentic German potato salad is made with red potatoes (or new potatoes), onion, fresh parsley, and is dressed in bacon drippings with a splash of dijon mustard and cider vinegar. So to give you an analogy, bacon fat is to German potato salad as mayonnaise is to American-style potato salad. I mean…whose team are you on, folks?
Not that you need to pick a team.
Pick a team.
Always send bacon to do the job of mayonnaise is my food philosophy.
The dish is served with crispy cooked bacon and green onion for even more texture and flavor. It’s like sending an army to stomp on a mole hill. So to give you an analogy, dis is to your face as brandy was to John Steinbeck.
Here are my deviations from the classic version: I used white sweet potatoes instead of red potatoes for no other reason than I love them. I also left out the parsley for no other reason than I forgot to buy it. Normally, you’d add a smidge of sugar to the dressing, but since sweet potatoes are already sweet, I left the sugar out. Stone ground mustard in place of dijon…really any mustard will work…even yella.
This sweet potato salad’s locked, loaded, and ready to punch any of your picnic slash barbecue mates squarely in the tongue buds. So to give you an analogy, this dish is to your summer gathering as fireworks are to the fourth of JU-ly.
You don’t want to miss it.
It’s the Rib Eye of the potato salads. The crème de la crème. The Zack de la Rocha. The awesome de la sauce. The…you get the picture.
Meat and potatoes, my friends. Meat.and.po.ta.ters.