German Potato Salad

It was many years ago when I had my first run-in with german potato salad. My Uncle Les’s mother made it for a Christmas dinner. It was delicious; sweet, sour and filling. The second run-in was when I was working on the plaza (a shopping center in Kansas City). There is a german restaurant there that is superb.  And the third run-in was when I was pregnant with my second child who is now 20 years old.  I had a craving for this food specifically, not just a sweet craving or a sour craving, which she wanted a lot, but for german potato salad and only it would do.  I tried a supermarket deli section, no luck. Actually I tried two different stores and I couldn’t find any, so I took a trip to the plaza and bought me some from Emile’s. It took my whole lunch period, but when you have a craving you just got to take care of it.

So when I was the receiver of new potatoes from our church garden, I had to try it. I got the recipe from my old stand by BHG cookbook the only difference is that I did not put slices of hard-cooked eggs.  Makes sense, cause you put them in regular potato salad, but it just didn’t sound right for the german potato salad. I also added a little extra of all the extras, bacon, onions, etc. I served it warm with my grilled Bratwurst, but I had it cold for lunch the next day and it was yummy that way too.


6 medium potatoes (2 pounds)
6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled, reserve fat
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 T all-purpose flour
2 T sugar
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp celery salt
Dash pepper
1 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar


  1. In a covered saucepan cook potatoes in boiling salted water for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain, cool slightly. Peel and slice into 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Cook bacon and reserve 1/4 cup dripping to saute the onions. Crumble and set aside.
  4. Saute the onions till tender but not browned. Stir in the flour, sugar, salt, celery seed and pepper, cook for about 1 minute.
  5. Add in the water and vinegar, whisk and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until thickened and bubbly.
  6. Add in the bacon and the potatoes and heat through. (about 5 minutes)

side dishes

stephslyter View All →

I’m a wife, mother, pastry chef and amatuer gardner. I travel as much as possible, can what I grow, and taste as many new things as possible.

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