The usually undercooked potatoes and lack of mayo characteristic of German potato salad have usually hindered my appreciation for this dish. So in my version, the potatoes are grilled over some smoky coals until tender. Best enjoyed warm, or at least room temp, this is the perfect addition to a sunny picnic table.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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For the Dressing:

Directions

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  • Preheat a grill for 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Add potatoes. Grill, flipping occasionally, until potatoes are barely just tender when poked with a skewer, about 15 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle.

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  • Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until grease becomes foamy, about 5 minutes. Remove half the bacon with a slotted spoon; reserve for the topping. Add onion to the rest of the bacon in the pan; cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, peel potatoes. Cut into quarters, then into 1/2-inch slices. Place in a bowl.

  • Stir sugar, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and vinegar in with the bacon. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Stir and remove dressing from heat.

  • Pour dressing over the potatoes; toss to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes. Mix again and add parsley. Top with reserved bacon. Enjoy warm.

Chef's Note:

I use a ton of bacon in my version, because it's bacon, but if you do decide to use less, you'll have to add some vegetable or olive oil to the dressing to make up the difference. If you want your dressing tangier, add more vinegar, but if you want it less so, you'll have to adjust with vegetable oil, since you can't add more bacon fat.

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; protein 6.7g; carbohydrates 30.9g; fat 4.1g; cholesterol 10.2mg; sodium 705.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2018
I boiled the potatoes whole instead of grilling them. Too hot for the grill today. My husband loved it. He knows his German potato salad. Read More
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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2018
I boiled the potatoes whole instead of grilling them. Too hot for the grill today. My husband loved it. He knows his German potato salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2019
Big hit with my big family. Read More
(2)
Rating: 4 stars
06/28/2020
I made this recipe as described. It had a stronger vinegar taste than I would have liked. If I make it again, I may substitute something else for part of the vinegar. Just my personal preference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2021
This recipe was awesome. Brought me back to my childhood and a plate of sausage, sauerkraut, and potato salad. Definitely keeping this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2020
Made this several times now, great recipe. I also boiled the potatoes vs. grilling them, and I've made it with both white wine vinegar and regular white vinegar and it tastes great either way. Read More