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Authentic Old Fashioned German Potato Salad

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Potato salad is believed to have originated in Germany, spreading widely throughout Europe and later to European colonies.

American potato salad most likely originated from recipes brought to the U.S. by way of immigrants during the nineteenth century. American-style potato salad is served cold and often includes  mayonnaise, herbs and vegetables which is actually a simplified form of Olivier salad.

This is an Authentic German Potato Salad that gets served warm or room temperature. Enjoy!


  •  3 Cups Potato (Yukon Gold or Red Potato) diced or sliced
  • 1 lb Bacon and Drippings
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Water
  • 2 – 3 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Stock


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in diced or sliced potatoes and boil until tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Meanwhile, add bacon to a cold large skillet. Heat over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove bacon from grease and set aside, leaving grease in pan.
  • Add red onion to grease and cook 5 minutes until onions are soft.
  • Whisk vinegar, water, sugar, mustard, salt, pepper and stock until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over cooked potatoes. Toss lightly with bacon. Serve warm or room temperature. You can also try it chilled!

Some variations include: Scallions, Celery Seed or Salt and Coriander (to taste).

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