Mom's German Potato Salad

"I know there is a debate as to what constitutes "real" German potato salad. All I know is that this is TOO tasty! For those of you who shy away from German Potato salad because it is too vinegary, try this. It has converted MANY people as the balance is darn near perfect. Prep time does not include boiling the potatoes."
photo by Bev I Am photo by Bev I Am
photo by Bev I Am
photo by Bev I Am photo by Bev I Am
Ready In:




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place potatoes in a casserole dish, season with salt and pepper.
  • Cut bacon into smallish pieces.
  • Brown in a large skillet.
  • Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, and place on top of potatoes.
  • DO NOT drain skillet!
  • In skillet add the onion, vinegar, water, flour and sugar.
  • Mix well, bring to a boil and stir until thickened.
  • Place sauce mix over bacon and potatoes.
  • Mix well.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

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  1. Merlot
    Hi Michelle! This is a wonderful german potato salad. We loved it! I had some left over ham that needed to be used up and this was a perfect side dish to go with it. The vinegar, sugar, water and flour amounts were perfect for this dish. I have put this in my "keeper" notebook. Thank you for sharing and also thank your Mother!!!! :-)
  2. pamela t.
    One million stars! My German friends swore I hi-jacked their mother's recipe! This was great with brats in beer and recipe #31664 (marinated cole slaw). Guests piled the slaw onto the brats and some put the potato salad on the brats as well. Enjoyed by everyone at our party!
  3. TxGriffLover
    This is a great recipe. I substituted Yukon gold potatoes as that is all I had on hand, and also added a couple hard boiled eggs to the layers, and a chopped red pepper to the onion sauce. Very good!
  4. kenikemarie_12810708
    Just love it, would not change anything, just ono.
  5. Moonbeemz
    I have made this recipe several times over the years. It is always a huge hit at potlucks and holiday gatherings. Russets and Yukon Golds do fine in this recipe also. This is one of my go-to recipes!



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