Authentic German Potato Salad

Authentic German Potato Salad

Angela Louise Miller 7

"This is my mother's recipe. Everyone, German or not, loves it. It is easy to double the recipe as well. I often bring it to potlucks, and we also have it at home on special occasions. There are usually no leftovers, but if there are, they don't last long!"

Ingredients 50 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 183 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 183 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 3.9 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.2g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 796 mg
  • 32%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the potatoes into a pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. Place the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Fry until browned and crisp, turning as needed. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add onion to the bacon grease, and cook over medium heat until browned. Add the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper to the pan. Bring to a boil, then add the potatoes and parsley. Crumble in half of the bacon. Heat through, then transfer to a serving dish. Crumble the remaining bacon over the top, and serve warm.
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Sorry, but this is not authentic. I am German and even live there. We never use peeled potatos, just cook whole potatos, peel them pretty hot, cut and mix them with the sauce. Then they soak it up well when still hot. This is also too less sauce, we make a mix of hot broth and put in the vinegar/oil/salt/pepper/onion and pour it over the potatos. Broth as much as you need to make it moist and lightly creamy, depends on the potatos.. between half up to one cup and season it well so the salad doesnt get bland. And no.. not so much sugar. Max. 1 tablespoon. We dont like sweet salat. Add bacon at the end.. or whatever you like. We often put thinly sliced cucumber in it, maybe give it a try. Greets from Bavaria.. :-)

Joe G.

I am German, 100%. I have been eating German Potato Salad almost all my many, many years. I've cooked many German Potato salads myself. I cooked this one today and my spouse and guests raved about it. We all agree it is better than what is served in our authentic German restaurants/German societies. I also cooked "Wisconsin Bratwurst" from Allrecipes. Opened up a jar of Aunt Nellie's red cabbage to go along with all this. What a feast!!!Vundabar!!!


My "authentic" recipe calls for a teaspoon of celery seed, it adds a nice texture...this is my favorite potato salad. You can use the same bacon/onion/vinegar/sugar sauce for spinach or bibb lettuce -- pour the sauce while hot over the greens to create a fabulous "wilted lettuce" salad.