Dampfkartoffeln (Boiled Potatoes the German Way)

Ellen Bales


Unbeknownst to me as a child, my mother made boiled potatoes the German way, and fried potatoes too. When she made a roast, she didn't make gravy, she served the potatoes smashed with butter or broth on top. To this day, I still love them that way.

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10 Min
20 Min


6 to 8 medium
red-skinned potatoes or yukon gold
1 tsp
water to cover potatoes

How to Make Dampfkartoffeln (Boiled Potatoes the German Way)


  • 1Wash the potatoes well and dry. If large cut them in half or quarters. Fill a pot with enough water to almost cover potatoes; add salt. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the potatoes.
  • 2Drain water and place the pot back on the hot burner without cover and steam dry for a minute or two, shaking the pot a few times to evaporate the water.
  • 3Peel the potatoes with a sharp knife and place them in a serving dish.
  • 4Pour a little melted butter over potatoes in serving dish and sprinkle with parsley. Then they are called Petersilienkartoffeln (parsleyed potatoes).
  • 5Eat the potatoes by mashing them with a fork on the plate, adding salt, pepper, and a bit of butter or some broth from your meat.

    Nothing like it! This is Deutsch Kochen! (German cooking)

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About Dampfkartoffeln (Boiled Potatoes the German Way)

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy