I first made this recipe last year for an Octoberfest that we were attending, got rave reviews. My husband, whom is of German ancestry, absolutely loved it. I'll be making it in a couple of weeks for our Labor Day weekend celebration!
i love German potato salad, but i don't peel and i steam the potatoes. i do scrub them in soapy water (dawn). i like the peel and steaming makes for less water in your potato. you also can peel a potatoes with a towel or a paper towel wraps and rubbing on it. don't care about how messy or time. i just want the tangy salad.
This is very good. I'm not familiar with authentic German potato salad, but a friend happened by while I was making it. He's half German, and his Mom makes it all the time. He called her for pointers, and the only thing she told me to do differently was to saute the onions in the bacon grease, which I did. She doesn't use dill, so I left the pickles out since I was making it for middle schoolers. He tasted it when I was done and said it was very good. I thought so too, and I will make this again!
This is a great recipe. The reason that you peel the potatoes after you boil them is that the skin holds in the flavor of the potatoes while they cook, and also the skin contains lots of nutrients, which you lose when you peel the potatoes first. Certainly, it's faster to peel first, but the extra effort is worth it if you peel later, once a bit cool. Also, you can steam instead of boiling the unpeeled potatoes. Just wash them with the skin on, throw into a steamer, and you're done! Couldn't be faster. The skins then slip off easily.
I suppose if someone could enlighten me as to why it was necessary to wait to peel the potatoes until AFTER they were boiled, I could change my rating to 4 stars. The salad itself was just fine, but it took a disproportionate amount of time to peel the potatoes once cooked, and so was a royal pain in the tail. Next time I'd peel them first and be done with the whole thing in half an hour.