Brian's German Potato Salad Recipe -
Brian's German Potato Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Brian's German Potato Salad

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"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!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    55 mins


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and sprinkle with celery seed and parsley. Stir gently to combine. Serve hot.
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  • 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.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 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.

Jul 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 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!

Oct 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.

Nov 04, 2009

Very tasty and comforting. I added sauerkraut and it was a nice blend of flavors.

Oct 13, 2009

Wow, just finished making 10 pounds for a tailgate party tomorrow. This is a great recipe.I know everyone will enjoy it.

Jul 12, 2010

My sister said that it was better then my mom's and grandmothers!

Sep 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!


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  • Calories
  • 316 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.1 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 26 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 17.4 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 7.8 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 617 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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