German Potato Salad Recipe

by Michelle in , ,

A few days ago on Twitter, someone I follow tweeted about potato salad and I immediately started craving German potato salad. My husband's family on his dad's side is German, so this is how I was introduced to this delicious type of potato salad.  This is not your typical mustard or mayo based potato salad because neither of those ingredients are in it.  So here's the list of ingredients you need:

  • 2 lbs of Red Potatoes
  • 4 slices of Bacon
  • 1 Tbsp All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 5 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 cup chopped Onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Boil the potatoes with the skin on.  Once the potatoes are tender and a little firm, drain the water and then let them cool.  Once the potatoes are cooled, slice the potatoes into cubes and then set aside.
  2. On medium high heat, fry the bacon.  Since the bacon needs to be 'crumbled', I like to cut up my bacon into pieces before I fry it, so that is what I did.  Once your bacon is cooked, remove the bacon from the pan and lay onto paper towels to drain the fat and leave the bacon grease in the pan.
  3. Add the chopped onion to the pan with the bacon grease and sauté for a few minutes or until the onions are golden.
  4. Once the onions are golden, turn down the heat to medium and add the salt, pepper, sugar and flour to the pan and stir until fully incorporated.  Gradually stir in the white vinegar and water to the mixture in the pan and then simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Turn the temperature of your stove to medium-low and gently stir in the potatoes and crumbled bacon.  Cover and let cook for a few minutes so that the potatoes can get heated throughly.  Once potatoes are heated, keep on low until ready to serve.

Hope you enjoy these potatoes as much as my German in-laws and I do!