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Thank you, Chef George Geary for sharing this recipe for Paul Newman’s Potato Salad at Hampton’s Hollywood:
Red German Potato Salad
This was one of the four types of salads served along side your Hamptons
Serves 8 to 10
4 lbs red potatoes, cut into quarters
8 ozs country bacon slices
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/3 cup water, room temperature
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1. In a large stockpot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until tender but
still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool.
2. In a large deep skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until evenly
browned and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Crumble and set
3. Add flour to bacon fat remaining in skillet and cook, stirring, until lightly
browned, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add sugar, water and
vinegar and cook, stirring, until dressing is thick, about 5 minutes.
4. Add bacon, potatoes and green onions and stir until coated and heated.
Stir in salt, pepper and mustard seeds.