Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Traditional German Potato Salad

I'm a red head, naturally. Most people assume I'm Irish. They're not entirely wrong, I have a tiny bit of Irish in me, but mostly I'm German.

Strong bones, sassy mouth, strong will, and a love of saurkraut, sausage, and all things to do with mustard.
I've talked a lot about potato salad and coleslaw this summer, but I'd be a really bad friend if I didn't share this recipe. It's simple and goes great with everything.

It has this heavenly bite from the caraway seeds, dill, and mustard seeds. Combine that with the creamy zing from the ranch dressing and that's about all you need to know.
I'm done. It's that good. It's even better served with German sausage charred on the grill and saurkraut and maybe even a nice dark beer. Did someone say Guiness?

This German Potato Salad is great if you prepare it the day before so the flavors can all get happy together in the refrigerator.

Let's get on with the recipe, shall we?

German Potato Salad
6 Yukon Gold Potatoes; scrubbed
2 Cups Celery; diced with leaves on
2 tsp. Caraway Seeds
1/4 Cup Light Mayonnaise
1/4 Cup Light Ranch Dressing
2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
2 tsp. Dried Dill
1 tsp. Mustard Seed
1/2 tsp. Celery Seed

1. Scrub the potato skins and dice into bite sized pieces and place into a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the potatoes to a boil and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes pierce easily with a fork. Drain the potatoes and rinse with cold water and allow to cool completely. Place the potatoes in the refridgerator if you want them to cool quickly.
2. Once the potatoes are cooled transfer them to a bowl and chop the celery into thin slivers. Add the celery and caraway seeds to the potatoes and set aside.

3. In a separate small bowl combine the mayonnaise, light ranch dressing, dijon mustard, dried dill, mustard seed, and celery seed. Stir together with a fork until creamy and smooth.
4. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and stir until all potatoes are coated with dressing. Refrigerate overnight before eating.

5. When ready to eat, char-grill some German sausages, chicken wings, or possibly some pork and serve this potato salad along side with plenty of sauerkraut, mustard, and napkins.

Servings: 10

Nutritional Skinny:

77 calories / 2 g fat / 13.7 g carbohydrates / 2.4 g fiber / 1.2 g protein

Mental Health Tid Bit: Potato salad can be loaded with fat and unwanted calories. However, using the light ranch, and light mayonnaise for this recipe cuts the fat in half and saves over 100 calories. Creamy potato salad doesn't have to be followed by guilt and it is just as delicious. Most have over 300 calories per serving and with only 77 calories per serving for this potato salad that swimsuit will still look smashing!


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