This is the best German Potato Salad recipe. I made a few changes on a recipe originally given to me by my next door neighbor, when I was planning an Octoberfest party. It is a hit every time I serve it!

Lynn
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two; cut into 1/2-inch pieces and place into a large mixing bowl.

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  • Meanwhile, stir the bacon and onion together in a large skillet over medium heat until the fat has rendered from the bacon and the onion is very tender but not brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in the flour, sugar, and salt; cook for 1 minute. Pour in the vinegar; bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

  • Pour the dressing over the potatoes and sprinkle with celery seed and parsley. Stir gently to combine. Serve hot.

Cook's Note

This recipe is terrific made a day ahead of time and reheated. To reheat, place in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for an hour, or place in a slow cooker on high for 2 hours. For parties, use the slow cooker method, and put the temperature on low when it's time to serve your meal.

Nutrition Facts

316 calories; 17.4 g total fat; 26 mg cholesterol; 617 mg sodium. 32.1 g carbohydrates; 7.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2009
This is similar to a recipe my grandmother used. She added chopped celery in place of the parsley and a cup or two of heated drained sauerkraut. She also browned the bacon before adding flour and the vinegar. The sauerkraut makes all the diference in the taste. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/12/2012
I wanted to like this recipe but it just didn't work for my family. I much prefer the Hot German Potato Salad III from this site. This salad just didn't have enough sauce for us. It was barely enough to coat the potatoes so we lost the sweet and sour taste that is so good with German Potato Salad. I used the exact ingredient measurements so I don't think I did anything incorrectly. I think it would have been good flavor - just too dry. I'll stick with my other recipe. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2009
This is similar to a recipe my grandmother used. She added chopped celery in place of the parsley and a cup or two of heated drained sauerkraut. She also browned the bacon before adding flour and the vinegar. The sauerkraut makes all the diference in the taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2009
This is similar to a recipe my grandmother used. She added chopped celery in place of the parsley and a cup or two of heated drained sauerkraut. She also browned the bacon before adding flour and the vinegar. The sauerkraut makes all the diference in the taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2010
So spouse doesn't liky mayo and wanted a more vinegar potato salad. This didn't look too difficult and it had good reviews...it was YUMMY and a big hit at the cook out! The "sauce" cooked a whole lot faster than what the recipe said...after putting in the vinegar and it thickened right up. One warning...this is not a low-cal recipe but the taste is well worth the calories! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2009
This tastes wonderful but I can't see using all the bacon grease in this recipe I would like to try it with less fat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2009
Very tasty and comforting. I added sauerkraut and it was a nice blend of flavors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
Wow just finished making 10 pounds for a tailgate party tomorrow. This is a great recipe.I know everyone will enjoy it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
My sister said that it was better then my mom's and grandmothers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2011
I made this recioe for a Birthday dinner and got exceellent reviews. This is just like my great grandmother from germany used to make.Next I am going to and dill pickle juice instead of the apple cider vinegar and fresh dill and some chopped up dill pickles. My other grandmother from Bohemia used to make it with dill. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/14/2012
Yummy! Loved it! I do agree with one of the other reviews that there was not enough "dressing" but this may very well have been my own mistake because I accidentally used self-rising flour. Oops! I added a little water to try and thin it a bit but it was still pretty thick. After adding the vinegar sauce to the potatoes I doctored it with just a little bit of mayo mixed with spicy brown mustard just to add enough sauce to cover the potatoes. (got this idea from another recipe that used vinegar mayo and mustard) I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2012
Yum! I love good ol' potato salad... but this is a litlle extra special... loved it warm but adored it cold from the fridge! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/12/2012
I wanted to like this recipe but it just didn't work for my family. I much prefer the Hot German Potato Salad III from this site. This salad just didn't have enough sauce for us. It was barely enough to coat the potatoes so we lost the sweet and sour taste that is so good with German Potato Salad. I used the exact ingredient measurements so I don't think I did anything incorrectly. I think it would have been good flavor - just too dry. I'll stick with my other recipe. Read More
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