Photos by: Meyers/Retna (puck); Steve Giralt for PARADE (potato salad)
Wolfgang Puck, the ruler of a food empire, cherishes this side dish from his Austrian childhood
My family was not very well-off. We had meat maybe once a week; mainly we ate noodle dishes or what we grew in the garden. For Sunday lunches, we sometimes had pork Wiener schnitzel with a warm potato salad, which was my favorite meal. My mother made it perfectly. I liked it so much, I’d save part of it for that night’s dinner, too—so I could enjoy it longer.
After we opened Spago in Beverly Hills years ago, I put Wiener schnitzel and potato salad on the menu. It was so popular I couldn’t take it off! My sister orders it when she visits from Austria. She says it’s better at the restaurant than back home. I always like to have some fun with her. When she asks the waiter, “Can I have a Wiener schnitzel?” I tell him, “Say we are out for the whole week!”
Warm Potato Salad
Serve with Wolfgang's favorite Wiener schnitzel
recipe. Click for the recipe.
1 cup white-wine vinegar
¼ cup peanut oil (substitute canola oil if desired)
1½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp fresh black pepper
3 Tbsp sugar
1 small yellow onion (¼-inch dice)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1 lb fingerling potatoes, washed
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 sprigs fresh parsley
2 Tbsp kosher salt
Whisk together marinade ingredients in a bowl.
In a large saucepan, combine potatoes, garlic, parsley, and salt. Add enough water to just cover potatoes; bring to a boil. Lower to simmer; cook about 8 minutes. Strain and cool.
Slice potatoes into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Add to marinade; let sit 20 minutes.
Transfer to a sauté pan and cook over high for 30 seconds. Serve with Wiener schnitzel.
Serves: 4. Per serving: 260 calories, 32g carbs, 3g protein, 14g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1,170mg sodium, 2g fiber
- “You have to have the correct potatoes for this to taste right. Fingerlings are very good in salad because they’re waxy. Don’t use baking potatoes.”
- “If you’ve never had an Austrian wine, this dish gives you a good reason to try one. I like Austrian whites with my Wiener schnitzel. Look for inexpensive Chardonnays, Rieslings, and sauvignon blancs."
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