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Authentic German Potato Salad

When it comes to classic potato salad recipes, you simply can't go wrong with a version from Germany. This recipe for Authentic German Potato Salad features tasty ingredients like bacon, onion, celery seed, cider vinegar, hard-cooked eggs and more. When you bring this awesome deli salad along to your next picnic, potluck or party, you're sure to be begged for the recipe... it's that good of a potato salad dish!

Cooking Time35 min


  • 6 medium potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • 6 slices thick bacon
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (less if bacon is extremely salty)
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 hard cooked eggs, sliced


  1. In a covered pan, cook potatoes in boiling salted water for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender; drain well.
  2. Peel and slice potatoes.
  3. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain and crumble, reserving 1/4 cup drippings.
  4. Cook onion in the reserved drippings until tender but not brown.
  5. Stir in the flour, sugar, salt, celery seed and pepper.
  6. Add water and vinegar. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more.
  7. Stir in bacon and potatoes. Cook about 5 minutes or until heated through.
  8. Add hard cooked eggs; toss lightly to mix.


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This certainly is an authentic German Potato Salad. The Germans love their Potato Salad. I was served a salad just like this on Christmas day when I was an exchange student there. I will never forget it because I didn't think that potato salad was a worthy dish for Christmas. But they did and that's all that mattered as I was there to learn about their culture. I love German food!

I've been searching for an 'authentic' "Hot German Potato Salad" for a long time, and I think that I've finally found it...thanks! My mother-in-law was German, and she made a delicious one, but I was a very young bride and I never bothered to learn how to make it from her (big mistake). I can't wait to make this one for our up-coming Memorial Day cookout.


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