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Richard in Cincy's Austrian Potato Salad

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Posted to Thread #36 at 9:24 pm on Apr 11, 2007

Richardís Austrian Potato Salad

For those that asked, this is the potato
salad I brought to the party Saturday
night in Cincinnati. I've been
working on this for the past 10 years and am
pretty happy with this version. It's not an
exact copy, but sort of an amalgam of
different versions that I tried and like
while living in Austria. Hope you enjoy.

8 lbs small waxy red potatoes

Scrub the potatoes. Bake the potatoes
(unpeeled) until just done. If you bake
longer you will end up with mashed potato
salad when you mix, which is not a bad thing.
(I bake them on the grill sometimes for an
absolutely incredible treat).

I don't peel the potatoes, but if you
don't like the peel, you can do that here.
Cut into cubes and place in a large ceramic
serving bowl.

Meanwhile, you've cooked this dressing:

1 lb. bacon, cut into dice
4 large onions, chopped
4 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup (more or less) flour
1/2 stick butter
2 tbsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. tarragon
12 oz. strong chicken broth
12 oz. dark beer
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
4-5 tbsp. tarragon vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

Fry bacon slowly to render fat until crisp.
Remove bacon from skillet and fry onion in
bacon fat until just starting to brown.
Remove onion. Add butter to skillet and
melt. Add sugar, melt, and cook briefly to
slightly caramelize the sugar. Add flour,
stir and make a roux, do not let this brown
too much. Add spices, stir. Add chicken (I
sometimes use beef) broth, the beer, and
vinegar. Stir the dressing until it
thickens, if it's too thick, stir in more
beer, if just right, drink the remaining beer
and don't waste it. Stir the onions and 3/4
of the bacon into the dressing with the lemon
juice. Pour the hot dressing over the hot
potatoes. Throw a couple handfuls of fresh
chopped parsley on top. Mix carefully.
Garnish with more parsley and the remaining

Serve right away, or at room temp.

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