Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gram’s Hot German Potato Soup

Terry sent me this video.

This got me to wonder if Pa was working in the prison at the time. Called Greg who affirmed Pa's presence behind the walls at the time of the riot. Mother would have been around 9 years old.

In a subsequent email Terry recalled the story that Gram went to the prison to pick up Pa at the time of the riot. According to Terry, family forklore has Gram putting Pa and herself into a closet in the pharmacy until someone came to get them out.

Also, in his email, Terry mentioned that Terri and he went to a German Restaurant the previous evening. It hit Terry that he did not have Gram's recipe for Hot German Potato Salad.

Joan found Gram's recipe.

Here is Gram's recipe:


8 medium potatoes
16 slices bacon
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2/3 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons parsley

Cook potatoes in skins until tender. While potatoes are cooking, fry bacon until crisp; remove form skillet, drain and crumble. Pour off al but 4 tablespoons bacon fat; add onions and cook 1 minute. Blend in flour, sugar, celery seed, salt and pepper; add vinegar and water; cook and stir until thick. Add crumbled bacon.

Peel and slice potatoes, toss lightly. Sprinkle with parsley.

Makes 8 servings.

I can clearly visualize Gram standing over her stove top on Linn Avenue gently tossing the potatoes in her silver-colored electric fry pan.

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