Making the perfect potato salad is hard and too much gloppy dressing can just ruin the whole dish. So why not ditch the traditional “American” potato salad and go for something with some German roots? German Potato Salad is basically any potato salad that is made with bacon, a vinegar based dressing, and served warm. This recipe definitely has a sweet and sour flavor which I love. It’s a great side dish for every cookout food that I can think of, and my favorite part? It’s amazing both hot AND cold.
German Potato Salad Recipe
You will need:
– 2 lbs. red potatoes (cut into 1/2 inch to 1 inch cubes and boiled to firm yet cooked)
– 1 lb. bacon (cooked with drippings reserved)
– 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
– 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
– 1 1/2 – 2 Tablespoons sugar
– 1 large onion, diced (a sweet onion works really well)
– green/spring onion
1. As your potatoes finish boiling, saute your diced onion in 3 Tablespoons of the reserved bacon grease. Cook them until the begin to turn translucent over medium to medium high heat.
2. Make a roux with your bacon fat and onions by adding in 1 1/2 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour with a whisk. Continue stirring as you add in the apple cider vinegar. Stir/Whisk constantly so the roux does not get too thick or stick to the pan. You want the sauce to be thinner than ketchup and thicker than an oil and vinegar salad dressing. If you think you need a little more liquid add just a tad of water.
3. Reduce the heat and immediately add your sugar.
4. In a large bowl, pour the sauce over your boiled potatoes. Crumble all but a few strips of bacon into the bowl and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve while it’s still warm. The refrigerated leftovers are also wonderful when served cold.