Warm German Potato Salad with Bacon and Herbs
2 pounds potatoes, Russet or Yukon Gold
3 pieces uncooked Applewood smoked bacon (Nueske’s, if possible) sliced into 1/4 inch pieces, 1/2 cup
Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
1 large yellow onion, small dice, 2 cups
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped
Pinch crushed red chili peppers flakes
3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped*
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
Kosher salt, as needed
Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
Add the potatoes to a pot of cold tap water and bring to a low simmer until cooked through (easily pierced with a fork). Drain and let cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, cut into cubes.
Add the bacon to a large sauté pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place over medium-low heat and cook for approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until much of the fat has rendered off and the bacon is just beginning to get nice and crispy. Scoop out the bacon, and set aside, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.
Using the same pan, cook onions over medium heat until soft and just beginning to color (5 to 7 minutes). Stir in the vinegar, whole grain Dijon mustard, capers, and red chili peppers. Remove from heat, stir in the diced potatoes, eggs, parsley plus the reserved bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm with a light drizzle of olive oil.
*Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
In a medium pot, add 6 eggs and cover with cold tap water by 1 inch. Place over high heat. As soon as the water comes to a simmer, turn off heat and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes drain, peel, and chop the eggs.
Know Your Potatoes!
Waxy Potatoes hold their shape well after cooking which make them a good option for potato salad. Varieties include: Red, Yellow (Yukon Gold) or White
Mealy Potatoes are low in moisture but high in starch and are very well suited for making mashed potatoes. Varieties include: Purple, Blue or Russet