Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Oma's Authentic German Potato Salad {Black Gold Farms Better with Reds and Give-Away #SummerFood #BetterWithReds}

From summer's backyard grill to winter's crockpot, delicious and versatile red potatoes are a year-round staple of fresh, healthy cooking in my kitchen!

That's why I was especially delighted to be recommended by my friend Angie to participate in this year's #SummerFood #BetterWithReds Better with Reds campaign for Black Gold Farms and, with Brenda of A Farmgirl's Dabbles!

In business for nearly ninety years, Black Gold Farms is an impressive socially and environmentally responsible, fourth generation family owned organization. What began in 1928 by A. E. Halverson as a 10-acre plot of potatoes planted in the fertile soil of North Dakota's Red River Valley has evolved into a global operation under the careful stewardship of his grandson, Gregg Halverson and his family. 

Today, Black Gold Farms is comprised of eleven farms with over 20,000 acres in production throughout the United States. Their strategic placement of farms from North Dakota to Texas, Florida and many states in between enables Black Gold Farms to provide a consistent stream of beautiful potatoes all year long. Additionally, maintaining multiple farm locations means lower transportation costs, which translates to reduced fuel consumption; and best of all, these farms deliver jobs and community support to rural America, where its needed most.

Living in North Carolina now, I especially love that Black Gold Farms expanded their operations here in 2004 with the acquisition of the Durwood Cooper Farm. In addition to their amazing potatoes, Black Gold Farms grows corn and soybeans in Columbia, the only town in Tyrrell county.

Now, before you assume that you've never eaten Black Gold Farms potatoes, let me tell you that they not only ship a half-billion pounds of potatoes annually, Black Gold Farms is also the world's largest producer of fresh-crop chipping potatoes, as in potato chips, for companies such as Frito-Lay!

As many of you know, I was born and raised in idyllic Bavaria during a time when organic produce and eating eggs collected the same morning was the norm. A time when whole foods were sold door-to-door by the local farmer from the side of a horse-drawn wagon lined with hay. As his horse clopped down our cobblestone street just before sunset, Herr Müller walked along side his wagon ringing a bell, calling out, "Kartoffeln, Eier, Zwiebeln" (translation: potatoes, eggs, onions) almost as a decree of what should be served for dinner that evening. It was a time when everyone congregated in the kitchen because it was the warmest room in the house, a long walk and quiet conversation followed every evening meal and before bed, my Oma filled copper bedwarmers with boiling water and slipped them under the featherbed to warm our toes. It was also a time when sewing boxes and rolling pins were handed down through generations and flatware, dishes and teacup patterns rarely matched and no one cared. As for me, no other food memory takes me back to my Oma's kitchen and that simpler time quicker than red potatoes.

The list of health benefits attributed to the consumption of red potatoes is a long one... Fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium and high in Vitamin C, red potatoes are also an excellent source of fiber, Vitamin B-6, iron, potassium and magnesium. And, at only 70 calories and 2 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving, you can see how ounce for ounce, red potatoes easily contribute to healthier eating!

In addition to their stellar nutritional attributes, red potatoes are also incredibly versatile. Whether paired as a hearty side to campfire fare or companion to an elegantly prepared roast leg of lamb, red potatoes deliver! They are easy to prep, quick to cook and are lower in starch than other potatoes too. Red potatoes absorb less water than their starchier cousins; therefore, they won't fall apart. They can be pre-cooked for use in casseroles and salads and to me, red potatoes, with their creamy texture and sweet flavor are as delicious cold as they are warm!

So now that June is upon us, it's time to ring in my favorite holiday. Not Thanksgiving or Christmas... but Summer! Where every day feels like a mini-vacation because the days are longer, the sun is brighter, moods are lighter, fresh produce is everywhere and socializing around the backyard grill naturally brings out the experimental chef in everyone.

And, since it's difficult to name another food that is more versatile or compliments food prepared on the grill better than potato salad, I'm sharing my Oma's authentic German potato salad recipe made with delicious red potatoes sent to me by Black Gold Farms!

Also, you'll want to keep reading because after I show you how easy it is to prepare delicious, authentic German potato salad, you'll be invited to enter to win an incredible Summer Meals prize package valued at more than $500, all courtesy of Black Gold Farms!

My Oma's Authentic German (Red) Potato Salad
What you'll need: 2.5 pounds red potatoes (gently scrubbed clean). 1 large
white onion, quartered. 1.5 pound butcher's (slab) bacon, diced. 1/2 medium
red onion, diced. 3/4 cup Altmeister wine vinegar. 2 Tbsp. spicy mustard,
2 Tbsp. stoneground, sweet mustard, 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
Add potatoes to pot of cold water set on high heat. Add quartered white
onion and two-three pinches of salt (I use coarse sea salt in all my cooking)
Cover and allow potatoes to come to a boil
While potatoes cook, dice bacon and red onions...
After 12 minutes, test potatoes for doneness by inserting a pointed knife.
Potatoes are fully cooked when knife pierces through without resistance
When potatoes are done, toss the onion and transfer them into a large
bowl. Cover with a bit of the hot water and a plate to keep potatoes warm
Brown bacon over medium heat. Note that cooking bacon slowly allows fat
to render, bacon to become to crispy and prevents splatter and burning too
Since I was out of my German vinegar, I used a good red wine vinegar
instead. I used this mustard and this sweet mustard to mix into the
vinegar - However, any good Dijon and stoneground mustard will do...
Remove cooked bacon from pan with a slotted spoon to paper
towel to drain. Add diced red onion and vinegar/mustard
mixture to bacon fat in pan and salt and pepper to taste
Whisk to incorporate bacon fat into vinegar and mustard mixture
and while it cooks (bring to slow boil) cube hot red potatoes. It is
most imperative that potatoes remain warm until vinaigrette is
ready because only while the starch is open, (think pores) will the
dressing become one with the potatoes... Which is what we want!
Pour bacon vinaigrette over hot potatoes...
Add bacon, stir gently, cover and let stand for two-three
minutes to allow dressing to be absorbed by the red potatoes
Top potato salad with fresh chopped parsley...
Toss again and cover until ready to serve!
As I said before, red potatoes and especially my Oma's German potato
salad, pair well with anything you cook - Steak, seafood, sausages, chops,
grilled veggies or chicken! Today I've got these delicious uncured beer brats
from my local farmer's market - Made by a German butcher who brews his
own beer too... Which means they're perfect for my Oma's potato salad!
Don't forget a few slices of thick-sliced bread to
soak up some of that delectable bacon vinaigrette!
Served to the table on the deck or by the pool
family style, this dish makes a perfect summer meal!
Of course, there's my husband who loves his chops!
Which just proves my point about the incredible
versatility of cooking with Black Gold Farms red potatoes!
Ich wünsche dir eine guten mahlzeit!
I hope you enjoyed learning about Black Gold Farms and that you
hurry out to grab a bag of their beautiful red potatoes very soon! The
Better With Reds campaign runs from May 28th through the first
week in June and includes both the Give-Away mentioned below and
a #SummerFood with #BetterWithReds prize-packed Twitter party
scheduled for next Wednesday June 4th at 8PM, CST. Until then,
please don't forget to enter the Give-Away below and stay tuned for my
Please show Black Gold Farms big love by liking them on Facebook
and, follow them on Twitter. Also, be sure to like Better With Reds on
Facebook and check out their Pinterest board for more fantastic recipes!  
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  1. oooo this looks wonderful! I'm so glad that you were a part of this! ooo and I just can't tell you how much I have loved reading about your childhood and your Oma! Oh my gosh, it just sounds like something out of a dream! <3

  2. This looks sooooooooo delicious Janet!! xx

  3. what time is dinner Janet? This looks fantastic!!

  4. Looks yummy! I love your photos!

  5. I've never wanted potatoes and bacon vinaigrette to become one with eachother until now. This looks delicious! I wish we still had men on horseback going door to door offering fresh produce. Thanks for sharing your memories!

  6. FREE to enter...I'm all over it!!! Thanks for the opportunity Janet!

    BTW...could you at least make your prep area look a total disaster, cause that's how my cooking prep always looks. Yours is WAY to clean and pretty!

    Thanks again!

  7. Mmmmmmm...this reminds me of a German potato salad I ate on vacation a few years ago. Yum!!!

  8. Recipes that bring to mind people we love are the very best recipes! Your Oma's potato salad looks delicious and the perfect side dish for any grilled meal!

  9. I can hardly wait to try your recipe. I love using the potatoes when I make Low-Country Boil.

  10. Oh my goodness, Im so glad I made it on line tonight. Your Oma's potato salad looks delicious. I just got some red potatoes and want to try this. Love your story about fresh from the garden vegetables delivered by horse drawn wagon. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  11. Red potatoes - interesting. We don't have those in my country. Sad. :( What could I substitute?

  12. I like your version of the vinaigrette so much better than the one I have used. Randy is German, so I can see this will be a huge hit with him, as well as my boys. When my Army son did his tour in Germany, he told me that they cooked with magic ovens because everything tasted like Heaven there! I'll let you know how my attempt is received by my "expert"!

  13. oh my goodness!!! there's too much deliciousness going on here!!! my eyes don't know where to look first. . I want one of everything you have here, esp the potato salad and those brats. . yummm!! so happy to be here with you and the others today for Better With Reds. . here's to good summer eats!

  14. This looks like such a fabulous side dish! So perfect for summer!


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