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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 was updated 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: 674 calories, 44g fat (15g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 1643mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein.

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arslp User ID: 1705824 159994
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2017

"This recipe is absolutely delicious. I've made this several times. It is tasty and filling. When I made this, I adapted it for the top of the stove and did not use a slow cooker. I did NOT rinse the kraut, and used about double what was called for. I put about 1/4 cup more of water and cooked in covered heavy dutch oven slowly on top of stove - about an hour. It was absolutely delicious."

Sudie User ID: 3554484 267859
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2017

"Oh my goodness! This is absolutely the best potato salad that I have ever made! My family loves any potato salad with brown mustard but the sauerkrout was the magic ingredient that. I will make it again!"

AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 261232
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2017

"I really enjoyed this! I like that the potatoes were browned first to get that tasty texture outside. I also liked that it has a long cook time. I work long hours and end up burning a lot of recipes if I don't plug the slow cooker into a timer."

Henry User ID: 9043441 259893
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2017

"Made this per recipe BEST POTATO salad EVER!!! Give yourself a treat!"

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."

kimlauryn User ID: 5424622 102755
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."

amyspinuzzi User ID: 3443342 173291
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"

cody_diego User ID: 5122290 111507
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"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 173209
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2008

"This recipe looks and tastes fabulous.

Thank you for sharing.

mlittle209 User ID: 3009215 170671
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."

sauregurke User ID: 526415 99964
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2008

"This recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for posting."

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