|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 21g||27%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||44%|
|Total Carbohydrate 52g||19%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||20%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 23mg||116%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Bratkartoffeln is a German food that people often want to recreate at home. This beloved dish that's hard to pronounce (brat-kah-toff-len) translates as "fried potatoes," and it's indeed that: pan-fried potatoes, bacon, onions, and seasonings.
The bacon that's traditionally used in this dish is called bauchspeck, which you can make yourself if you like. If you can't find that, a good quality thick-cut bacon that is more on the smoked side and less on the sweet side will do. You'll want to use a good starchy potato such as russets, too.
There are two main tricks to making this dish great. Start the potatoes in a single layer in the pan with plenty of fat and do not put a cover on the pan. These potatoes will take 20 to 30 minutes to cook to a crispy, golden brown but the wait is worth it. The smell of potatoes, bacon, and onions cooking is irresistible.
The recipe can be doubled easily, using two pans. You can eat it with all kinds of things, including German pork dishes (bratwurst, anyone?), but it's especially good with eggs. Try it instead of American-style fries as a side for burgers and sandwiches, and you may never go back.
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Gather the ingredients.
Scrub whole potatoes of the same size and cook in salted boiling water until easily pierced with a fork. Cool slightly; peel while still warm.
Chop bacon (or bauchspeck) into small pieces and cook in a large frying pan (11 or 12 inches) over medium heat until limp.
Remove from the pan but keep the grease in the pan. Add the butter and melt, but don't brown.
Slice the cold potatoes into 1/4-inch slices 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 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
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 to 10 more minutes. Add more butter if necessary, to facilitate browning.
Serve and enjoy!
How to Store Bratkartoffeln
These are best eaten right after they are made, but they can also be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Reheat the potatoes in a hot pan with some butter or neutral oil.