Have you tried the hot German potato salad with blanched red onions and sliced green peppers made with a bacon dressing?
Bacon dressing ------------------- Take the appropriate amount of bacon and cut into very small dice, sauté till brown and fat is 'expressed'. Pour fat together with the bacon pieces over the hot potato salad in a warm bowl, mix lighlty & finish with a little vinegar ( i like to use an apple cider vinegar) season with salt and pepper. -------------------
The above is horrible if eaten cold with the congealed bacon fat but is easily re - warmed in the microwave.
Given the tasty but obviously deleterious effects of this bacon dressing i will often times subsbreastute a warmed mustard cream dressing for the bacon dressing in a German potato salad.
I often make a variation on several French recipes such as filets de sole olga that are just a baked potato with a slice off the side, the insides scooped out and mashed, seasoned and then the potato case filled with 1 or 2 cooked prawns, a small fish filet , or small amount of other cooked meats (a bit of andoulle sausage is nice) and a sauce, often a white wine sauce for fish or other sea food, the potatoes returned to fill the case with the other ingredients, & warm up in a hot oven for a few minutes and serve with a bit of sauce such as a mornay & some parmesan sprinkled over the top.
Add a small green salad and its a meal.
Also, while it might well be a personal idiosyncrasy, i like to add a bit of anchovy paste to my mashed potatoes, couple that a dollop of nice goat cheese with each serving and it don't get much better IMO. --- JL