German Potato Salad with Sausage Recipe
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German Potato Salad with Sausage Recipe

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Hearty and saucy, this potato salad is an old family recipe that wasupdated using cream of potato soup to ease preparation. The sausage, and sauerkraut give it a special zip.—Teresa McGill, Trotwood, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 8 bacon strips, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 pounds medium red potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups: 674 calories, 44g fat (15g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 1643mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon to drain. Saute onion in drippings for 1 minute. Add sausage; cook until lightly browned. Add potatoes; cook 2 minutes longer. Drain.
  2. Transfer sausage mixture to a 3-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the soup, sauerkraut, water, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over sausage mixture. Sprinkle with bacon. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until potatoes are tender. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as German Potato Salad with Sausage in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p31

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gdubmom User ID: 5898359 254822
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"I made this using leftover bacon (yes that's a real thing at my house) and in a hurry, so I added my reserved bacon grease directly to the crockpot, then sausage and onion. Instead of rinsing and draining all the flavor off the sauerkraut, I left the juice in and omitted the water and salt from the recipe. Since I wasn't pre-browning the potatoes, I tossed the cut pieces with the soup mixture (so they wouldn't stick together) before adding that to the crockpot. Finally, I saved the bacon to top the potato salad at the end, so it stayed crispy.

This was delicious and is on our list of recipes to repeat."

strawberrykd User ID: 7662926 254206
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"This was so good i went by the recipe it came out great!"

Ricketty1 User ID: 8531061 232646
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"This is very good. My family loved it and I didn't have any leftovers."

jillknit User ID: 902626 85242
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"This is in the crockpot right now...can't wait till supper time! The only thing I did different was added a bit of caraway seed. Oh wait, reading down I see someone suggest adding a few carrots...gotta go!"

Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 209619
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"This is really good and easy. I added extra sauerkraut and it was fantastic. Otherwise, kept everything else the same and the family loved it."

shugardrawers User ID: 1470653 83187
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"Simple to prepare and so delicious! I love sauerkraut so I add extra and don't rinse it in order to get a tangier flavor. I add extra bacon as well. A terrific main dish on it's own, leftovers can be used as a side dish. This is a wonderful, hearty one dish meal that's excellent in the fall and winter."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 156065
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"I found this very easy to put together, not too expensive to make. No leftovers :( Well I guess I'll have to make this again! In the recipe box it goes."

leemilo User ID: 1830980 156063
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"This is just the type of food to make my hubby glad to come home. I am going to add some carrot chunks next time just to play a little. I made it with my homemade kraut so I doubled the recipe from the soup down since my kraut is in quart cans. Worked great. Thank you to the author!"

KitchenQueen60 User ID: 3758584 140506
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"This will be my go to recipe for German potato salad. It uses less sugar and tastes better than other recipes I've tried. Did I mention the aroma is wonderful?"

Mama_B User ID: 163440 156061
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Good, but could be improved. I found it too soupy and had to drain a lot of liquid off. And the sodium level is through the roof thanks to the processed soup. It's good. It just needs tweaking."

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