German Potato Salad
Most potato salads are delicious, but this vintage German version had fixer-upper written all over it.
Why This Recipe Works
A good German potato salad will have tender, not mushy, red potatoes; plenty of bacon; the tangy bite of mustard; and a sharp vinegary finish. For our version we found that the salad reached its full flavor potential in a skillet rather than a traditional saucepan. Rendering bacon and incorporating the rendered fat into the dressing layered tons of flavor into the salad. Slicing the potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick rounds ensured that they cooked to just tender in the timeit took to reduce the cooking liquid to become part of the dressing. After sitting in the cider vinegar and mustard vinaigrette for a few minutes postboiling, these potatoes transformed into a delicious salad that was at once rich, smoky, and vibrant.