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Baked German Potato Salad

What makes this German potato salad so different is that it's sweet instead of tangy. During the holidays, my family has an annual ham dinner, and I always prepare it. The first time I took it to work, people kept coming out of their offices to find out what smelled so good. By lunch, it was gone. Now I make a double batch to take to work! —Julie Myers, Lexington, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 12 medium red potatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • 8 bacon strips
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup water, divided
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour


  • In a saucepan, cook potatoes until just tender; drain. Peel and slice into an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish; set aside.
  • In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Saute onions in drippings until tender. Stir in the brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, vinegar, pickle juice, parsley, salt and celery seed. Simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine flour and remaining water until smooth; stir into onion mixture. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over potatoes. Add bacon; gently stir to coat. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 284 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • KristineChayes
    May 3, 2018

    A great change from the usual potato salad, reminds me of one my mother used to make. This was a nice side dish to the pork chops I grilled for dinner. A definite keeper!

  • danmaryd
    Aug 5, 2017

    Baking this gives it a different taste than our usual German Potato Salad. We found it very good, but it does require extra time.

  • swinny
    Oct 16, 2016

    I should have cooked potatoes longer. This recipe does have a nice flavor.

  • cookinama
    May 13, 2015

    This was very good. Nice combo of flavors. Got requests for the recipe. B

  • gunslinger
    Aug 9, 2014

    Pretty tasty. A change from traditional mayo based potato salad.Liked the bacon addition.

  • Bonito
    Jun 8, 2014

    I loved this and that it is served warm or room temp is great - it was so good and loved the pickle juice - awesome

  • Grandma4X
    Jun 30, 2013

    Took this to a potluck where it was a hit. One of my friends said his German part was very happy. For me I will cut back on the sugar a little next time but it was great. No problem doing it in a crock pot.

  • Queenlalisa
    Jun 7, 2013

    This was pretty tasty! Loved the bacon.

  • hunkydoriest
    May 27, 2013

    Very good. The sweet pickle juice really works well in this recipe.

  • dv521d
    May 21, 2013

    Love it