- 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
- 1 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 pounds unpeeled small red potatoes, cooked and sliced
- 2 medium carrots, shredded
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- Additional salt, optional
- In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until it is crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels. Drain the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup drippings. Saute celery and onion in drippings until tender.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, salt, mustard, vinegar and water until smooth. Add to the skillet. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes until thickened.
- In a large serving bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots and parsley. Drizzle with sauce and stir gently to coat. Season with additional salt if desired. Crumble bacon; sprinkle on salad. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14-16 servings.
Reviews for Deluxe German Potato Salad
"I grew up in PA Dutch area of Eastern PA and have seen, made and tasted many versions of German Potato salad. My mother Put very little sugar in her German Potato salad. Of course, that's makes it more vinegary but that's what my husband and I like. Never saw carrots in ANY G. potato S, either.Of course, my version might have been corrupted (LOL) since we weren't German (although I married one) or, perhaps, because we didn't live in the heart of PA Dutch country but closer to Philly.My Amish cookbook also follows pretty much what I've written above ...less sugar and no carrots."
"Not enough sauce for 5 pounds of potatoes. I kept warm in the oven and it came out very dry. Would not recommend."
"Good, but I thought there was too much vinegar. I served it room temperature, then we had cold leftovers. I might try the vegetable mix with a different dressing next time."
"The only way this differs from my German Potato salad is the shredded carrots. Also, too much sugar."
"I never made German Potato salad, but I always wanted to try making it. It sounded too complicated to me when I was a young cook, but this recipe sounds easy, now that I'm a more experienced cook. I plan to make it for our next gathering, but I'll definitely cut down quite a bit on the sugar, since I've always heard that it's supposed to be a little on the 'tart' side, with (only) an 'undertone' of sweetness. Either way, I'm sure it will be delicious! Thanks for posting this lovely recipe."
"Love the extras, but the sugar is way TOO MUCH. Half that will do."
"Mixed reviews here. I thought it was too sweet, my husband thought it wasn't sweet enough, and my daughter said there was too much vinegar! Put some in a bowl for our tenant, and he called a few days later to tell he really enjoyed it and if I made it agan, (which I won't!), he'd love to have some. Different strokes for different folks, I guess."
"This recipe makes a lot! I cut it back by using 3 pounds of potatoes and halving the dressing recipe, but I had some bacon to use up, so I put in the whole 1/2 pound. The result was stellar! This will be my go-to recipe from now on. Regarding the amount of sugar, if you consider how many servings this makes, it's really not that bad per serving. Many folks ingest that much and more in soda or sweet tea on a daily basis. (Not that I am saying this is a good thing, but I like to try to keep things in perspective.) That said, if you have tried an alternative sweetener that works well here without an off flavor, do post and let us know."
"I know I made this once for my family reunion. It makes a lot and looks pretty in the bowl. Since this was made long ago I can't fairly say as to how I liked it. Seeing as how though I only made this one time kinda tells me It must not have been a raving success."