Recipe by diner524
Posting for ZWT 6 and it was found on About.com for German Food. It sounds delicious!! Article states: Bratkartoffeln are a German food that people often want to recreate at home. There are two main tricks to making great pan-fried potatoes. Start them in a single layer in the pan with plenty of fat and do not put a cover on the pan. These potatoes with take 20 - 30 minutes to cook a crispy, golden brown but the wait is worth it.
Top Review by LifeIsGood
Potatoes and bacon - could there be a more heavenly pair? I think not. This is absolutely delicious!!! I decided to be a purist and left out the optional marjoram and caraway seeds (although I'm sur I'd love it). The potatoes are perfectly crispy and tasty. I added the bacon and onions after I flipped the potatoes and it worked out well. Thank you! Made for the 123 Tag game in the Cooking Tag Games forums.
- 1 lb potato, about 5 medium
- 2 -3 ounces bacon, chopped (2-3 strips)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1⁄4 teaspoon marjoram (optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Scrub whole potatoes of the same size and cook in salted water until easily pierced with a fork. Let cool and peel while still warm. Potatoes can be cooked several hours ahead.
- Chop bacon or "Bauchspeck" into small pieces and cook in a large frying pan (11 or 12 inches) until limp. Remove from pan but keep grease in pan. Add the butter and melt, but don't brown.
- Slice the cold potatoes into 1/4 inch slices (5 mm) and place a single layer in the hot fat. Place any extra potatoes on top of the first layer.
- Sprinkle the potatoes with the onions and bacon and let them cook over medium heat for 10 - 15 minutes. Flip them when they become golden brown on the underside, but don't stir them.
- Sprinkle with marjoram, caraway, salt and pepper and cook for 5 - 10 more minutes. Add more butter if necessary, to facilitate browning.
- At home, these potatoes are traditionally served with fried eggs, pickles and green salad.
- Note: I use a non-stick pan, but the potatoes still need a lot of butter and grease to brown properly. This is an occasional treat for most people due to the high fat content, but they sure are good.