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