Authentic German Potato Salad: to Warm Your Heart

German Potato Salad is a classic and hearty dish that perfectly complements any meal. Made with tender yellow potatoes, crispy bacon, and a tangy dressing, this recipe brings together flavors that will leave your taste buds craving for more. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of making this traditional German delicacy.

I have been working on this recipes for years. When I worked in a retirement home, we would have this dish about once a month. Over time we perfected this recipe, and now its a crowd favorite. So let’s get into it!

What is German potato salad?

German Potato Salad

    • German Potato Salad is a classic side dish that features tender, boiled potatoes tossed in a tangy dressing, typically made with vinegar, mustard, and seasonings, resulting in a flavorful and satisfying accompaniment to meals. Often incorporating additional ingredients like crispy bacon, sautéed onions, and fresh herbs, German Potato Salad offers a harmonious blend of textures and flavors, combining the creaminess of the potatoes with the tanginess of the dressing, creating a delectable balance that delights the taste buds and adds a touch of warmth to any plate.

    • German Potato Salad, or “Kartoffelsalat,” holds a special place in German culinary heritage and has a rich history that spans centuries. Dating back to the 19th century, this traditional dish has its roots firmly planted in German regional cuisine and has become a beloved staple at family gatherings, festivals, and celebrations.

Here’s What you’ll need

Equipment:

Yellow Potatoes – you can also use red potatoes or whatever potatoes you prefer. You don’t need to peel them.

Bacon – this is what makes your dish! I used regular bacon but you can use Applewood smoked bacon for a sweeter flavor.

Chopped Onion – I used yellow onions but you can use white or even red. Whatever you have on hand.

Flour – I use All-Purpose Unbleached flour. You don’t have to add this to your dish, I just like a bit of a thinker sauce to stick to the potatoes.

Chicken Broth – adds a little moisture to the salad. To see how to make your own chicken broth, click HERE!

Vinegar – I use white vinegar but you can also use apple cider vinegar.

Sugar – this is what give’s you that addicting sweet and sour flavor! You can play around with the vinegar and sugar for a more sweet or sour salad based on your preference.

Salt and Pepper

Garlic Powder

Italian Parsley – as the finishing touch to add a pop of color!

How to make German potato salad

This is a overview of the steps. See full recipe card below!

First off, we’re going to slice 8-10 Yellow Potatoes. Boil for 10-15 minutes. You want the potatoes to be Al Dante (cooked to be firm to the bite) You want the potatoes to finish cooking in your potato sauce to sock up that amazing flavor. For the sauce, start cooking your bacon until crispy.

When your bacon is almost finished cooking, add your chopped onions to caramelize. Add your flour to create a Roux to thicken our sauce. Once that is mixed in, add the rest of your ingredients and stir. Let this come to a slow boil then add your potatoes.

    • Let this simmer for 20-30 minutes to infuse the flavors into your potatoes. Serve hot and add parsley for the pop of color!

    • You can also serve cold the next day, or rewarm in the microwave. You definitely won’t have any complaints either way.

Leftovers and storage

Place in a covered container, it will last 4-5 days; that is, if no one eats it sooner!

What to serve with German Potato Salad?

    • I paired mine with my delicious Pork Sausage Schnitzel!

    • You can also pair with grilled chicken breasts.

    • It’s almost a meal of its own and does have protein, so you can always just pair with a simple side salad.

German Potato Salad

Authentic German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad is a classic side dish that features tender, boiled potatoes tossed in a tangy dressing, typically made with vinegar, mustard, and seasonings, resulting in a flavorful and satisfying accompaniment to meals.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 8-10 Yellow Potatoes
  • 1 pack Bacon
  • 1 cup Chopped Onion
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Instructions
 

  • Slice your potatoes and boil for 10-15 minutes or till they are Al Dante (cooked to be firm to the bite)
  • While to potatoes are cooking, chop and bacon and onions. Fry bacon in large pot. Add chopped onion halfway through to caramelize the onions.
  • Once bacon is crispy, add your flour to create a Roux to thicken your sauce, then add the chicken broth, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Let this come to a boil then add your cooked potatoes. Let this simmer for 20-30 minutes to finish cooking the potatoes and have them sock up those flavors.
  • Serve hot and add parsley for color (optional).
Keyword German, Potatoes, Salad, Side Dish

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