Our Family's Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad

Our Family's Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad created by Nimz_

This is truly a family tradition during the summer months. My mom makes it the best - I don't care how many times we follow the recipe - her's always tastes best - must be her touch of love that adds to the flavor. (Note: the cooking time includes boiling the potatoes and making the dressing)

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ingredients

  • Salad Ingredients

  • 3 lbs medium red potatoes (about 18-20 potatoes)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (vidalia onion is preferred now)
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and diced (save bacon drippings in a small measure)
  • 2 -4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and diced (do not save these drippings)
  • Dressing ingredients

  • bacon drippings, from the 6 slices of bacon only (see above)
  • 34 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 18 - 14 cup sugar (to taste)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg, at room temperature, well beaten

directions

  • Cook the 6 slices of bacon in fry pan until crisp, remove from pan and drain on paper towels before dicing. Reserve the bacon drippings in a small measure from these 6 slices. Then cook the remaining 2-4 slices until crisp, remove from pan and drain on paper towels but do not reserve this additional drainings.
  • Cook potatoes in boiling water until just tender -- do not overcook.
  • Cool potatoes slightly then peel and cut into medium sized chunks and place into a large bowl.
  • Add onions, celery, salt and pepper to potatoes and mix lightly (so you do not break up the potatoes).
  • Mix vinegar, sugar and water with cooled bacon drippings in the fry pan.
  • Heat mixture just to simmering - over a medium heat.
  • In another bowl, crack open egg and beat well with a whisk.
  • Very slowly, add the dressing mixture to the beaten egg, whisking constantly.
  • Pour dressing over potatoes and then add bacon and mix lightly.
  • Serve warm.
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"This is truly a family tradition during the summer months. My mom makes it the best - I don't care how many times we follow the recipe - her's always tastes best - must be her touch of love that adds to the flavor. (Note: the cooking time includes boiling the potatoes and making the dressing)"
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  1. Nettys Kitchen
    This recipe takes me back to my childhood when Mom used to make potato salad for sunday cookouts. I made this recipe last year for a cookout while visiting my son and DIL in Japan. It was the first dish to disappear. I am back again visiting and she has asked me to make it again. This gives it 5 stars in my book! Thanks for the memories!
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  2. carolfournier1
    I haven't made this exact recipe yet, but, the ingredients and directions sound just like the one my Grandma & Mom use to make! I will let you know. Carol f. of washington
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  3. Nimz_
    Our Family's Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad Created by Nimz_
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  4. Nimz_
    This was a very unusual combination for me. That's one of the reasons I picked it to make. The dressing was very tart and I may cut way back on the cider vinegar next time. The other problem I had was that the dressing didn't really penetrate the potatoes. It's so thin it just sank to the bottom of the bowl. After it sat for a while, and I turned it a few times, the flavor developed a little better for me. I think I actually like this salad cold better than hot. Thanks HokiesLady. Made for SSC Pet Parade
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  5. HokiesMom
    This is truly a family tradition during the summer months. My mom makes it the best - I don't care how many times we follow the recipe - her's always tastes best - must be her touch of love that adds to the flavor. (Note: the cooking time includes boiling the potatoes and making the dressing)
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