Gramma Bonitz's German Potato Salad

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

Handed down to my mom, then to me, and I've handed it down to my kids already too. A GREAT potluck dish, kept warm in a crockpot, usually NO leftovers (boo hoo!).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fry the bacon, remove from pan as it gets crisp; set aside; reserve 2 T. bacon fat.
  2. Fry onion and celery in reserved fat until onion is transparent.
  3. While bacon is frying, hard-boil the eggs (bring water to boil; then boil for 4 minutes, then remove from heat, wait 11 minutes [set timer], pour off hot water and cover with COLD water).
  4. AND cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling water until a fork pierces skin easily; pour off water, cool to touch, then peel skins off.
  5. Slice potatoes into 1/4-inch slices (bite-size pieces) in a large serving bowl.
  6. Remove egg shells, then coarsely chop or slice eggs and add to the potatoes.
  7. Thinly slice radishes over the eggs and potatoes; toss lightly; set aside.
  8. Return bacon to skillet with onion and celery pieces.
  9. Add water, vinegar and sugar to the skillet, stirring up any fond; quickly heat to boiling.
  10. Make a paste from the cornstarch and remaining water, add to boiling stuff in the skillet, stirring continuously until sauce thickens (1-2 minutes); remove from heat.
  11. Pour sauce (bacon, onion, etc.) over vegetables in bowl.
  12. Serve while warm or keep warm in a crockpot.
  13. Leftovers should be kept in fridge, warmed to room temp or zapped in the microwave.


Most Helpful

I made half of this recipe the same day I tagged it (12-12) for a dinner I called *Tag Nite in Iceland* . The fare included a mixed green salad w/a tagged dressing recipe, this recipe & 3 other tags (almost like a tapas feast). I occ make what I call *Selfish Tags* & this was 1 of those times. I have always loved classic German potato salad & this recipe takes the genre out of the ordinary, but DH reveres the potato & does not favor the use of vinegar in most dishes. So this was solely for me & I am glad I did not have to share. Like a prior reviewer, I found the balance of vinegar & sugar to be ideal. Using celery + eggs was new to me & I liked the added texture, bulk & flavour they provided. The only downside to this recipe is that I am likely to be more selfish than normal in the future, but I can easily live w/that. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us (me). :-)

twissis December 13, 2007

What a delightful warm potato salad. It still has that nice salad dressing flavour but so different from any other potato salad. We all enjoyed it. Bacon does make good things better!! I will def. be making this salad again. thanks for sharing your family recipe. Made for ZWT X-tra Hot Dishes.

GaylaV May 31, 2010

A new favorite potato dish! This is the best German Potato Salad I have ever tasted. A perfect balance of vinegar to sugar in the dressing. Tangy and not too sweet. Loved it. Served it with barbecued bratwurst sausages on a bun (our first barbecue of the season) and cole slaw. Yummy.

foodtvfan April 01, 2007

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