Authentic German Potato Salad
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + cooling Cook: 20 min.
- 3 pounds medium red potatoes
- 5 bacon strips, diced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool.
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 4 tablespoons drippings. In the drippings, saute onion until tender.
- Stir in the flour, salt, celery seed and pepper until blended. Gradually add the sugar, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Cut potatoes into 1/4-in. slices. Add potatoes and bacon to the skillet; cook and stir gently over low heat until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve warm.
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Nutrition Facts3/4 cup: 349 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 706mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.
Oct 7, 2019
I'm making it right now, but already my hubby is loving the smell. I think it is really wonderful sharing the recipe, and what an awesome restaurant owner to give you a great gift like that!!! God Bless him. The best gift ever!
Aug 11, 2019
I used a similar recipe designed for Crock Pot. Wow. Mine used 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of cider vinegar. Next time I'll use white vinegar and my red potatoes were full of eyes :-)
Jul 10, 2019
I have used this same recipe since 1967. the only difference is 1/4 cup sugar and chopped celery instead of celery seed.
Jun 4, 2019
Wow this one is GREAT! But DO NOT USE 1.5 C SUGAR!! Use only 1/4 cup.
May 21, 2019
Maybe this recipe has a misprint, but it is terribly sweet, and I will never use it again.. The consistancy was very nice, but flavor was sickeningly sweet....I, after making it, compared other recipes and they overall called for no more than 1/4 cup sugar, not 1 and 1/4!....I am a seasoned cook and , in retrospect, should have questioned the amount of sugar!
Feb 5, 2019
My mom use to make German Potato Salad. YUMMY! I just might make them for this weekend. Suppose to be rather cold this Thursday through Sunday. I give this this 5 stars. If it had 1,000 stars, you betcha I would click on all of them.
Jan 16, 2019
I was also wary when I saw the amount of sugar, so I read the reviews and used half of the amount of sugar called for. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. I made the mistake of simmering the potatoes for the full 25 minutes and they were over cooked and crumbling. My error for not checking doneness. I tried to salvage the dish as a “smashed potato”, but I found it to be WAY to sweet. Disappointed.
Dec 30, 2018
This is the real recipe that my German grandmother used to make. One of my favs.
Sep 25, 2018
Must be a regional thing the way others want to change many ingredients, they should submit their own recipe. I was not fed this dish as a child and think this recipe is just right. Used russets and it turned out tasty. Wish my mom was still around to taste it with my meatloaf and green beans.
May 24, 2018
This is almost exactly the recipe my great-grandmother (from Germany) handed down to my Grandmother, my Mother and then me. The only difference is I don't use celery seed and we like to add a few hot pepper flakes. We've also always used apple cider vinegar, not white vinegar and usually use russet potatoes. My family LOVES it!