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 will take 20 to 30 minutes to cook a crispy, golden brown but the wait is worth it.
The recipe can be easily doubled, using two pans.
- 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: If using a non-stick pan, the potatoes will 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 tasty.