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German Potato Salad with Sausage Recipe

German Potato Salad with Sausage Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups equals 674 calories, 44 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 1,643 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g protein.

Reviews for German Potato Salad with Sausage

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

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

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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?"

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."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I thought it was very good and will make this recipe again. The next time I make it will plan on reducing the amount of potatoes and increasing the sauerkraut, my personal taste bud's. But I thought the entire dish was full of flavor and relatively easy to make."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"This recipe is absolutely delicious. I've made this several times. It is tasty and filling."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2008

"I've never been a big fan of saurkraut but after trying this recipe I love it so does my family Thanks a bunch for sharing"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2008

"I absolutely love this recipe--everyone in my family loves it, even my 13-year-old daughter! It is a keeper! Thank you for sharing! Jen"

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2008

"This recipe looks and tastes fabulous.

Thank you for sharing.

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2008

"I love this recipe!! My parents do too. My husband doesn't love it, but it is just different taste preferences."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2008

"This recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for posting."

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