We had ribs tonight and potato salad is a perfect match in my book, so I dug out my German cookbook and found a recipe for potato salad – it turned out really yummy and was simple to make. This recipe comes from The German Cookbook by Mimi Sheraton, page 321.


  • 6 to 8 boiling potatoes
  • water to cover
  • salt
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups beef stock
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons salad oil
  • prepared mustard (optional)
  • white pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or sour cream (optional)


Cook unpeeled potatoes in boiling salted water to cover. Do not overcook or they will fall apart in salad. Peel white hot and slice thinly. Place in bowl and add minced onion. Bring beef stock to a boil with a little salt and the vinegar. Pour over potatoes and marinate until almost all liquid is absorbed, about 20 to 30 minutes. Pour excess liquid off and gently fold in oil, mixed with mustard if you want to use it. Flavor with pepper. Cool salad slightly and serve as is, or fold in mayonnaise or sour cream. Usually it appears without either.

Note: I didn’t use salad oil but I did use mayo and mustard – it was delicious.