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This tasty German potato salad is so easy to make and is jam-packed with caramelized onions and crisp thick-cut bacon.
In my family, side dishes are what make the meal. When done right they become the perfect accompaniment and can enhance the flavor of the main course. If you’re looking for some great new side dish ideas, check out my Vinegar Coleslaw or Italian Pasta Salad Recipe.
German Potato Salad
German potato salad, better known as Schwabischer Kartoffelsalat in Germany, is a vinegar-based salad consisting of cooked potatoes, onions, and crisp bacon. This tasty side dish can be served hot or cold, and both ways are delicious.
Classically German speck, which is their version of cured bacon, would be used but thick-cut bacon is most commonly used here in the United States. In addition, there are several traditional recipes that do not use any meat at all, instead, they would serve this up alongside a schnitzel.
How to make German Potato Salad from Scratch
Use this easy-to-follow instruction for making a German potato salad from scratch:
Slice the Yukon potatoes about ¾ inches thick.
Boil the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water for 4 minutes.
Remove them from the hot water and strain. Set aside at room temperature in a colander to dry out a bit.
Next, add the bacon to a large frying pan or shallow rondeau pot on medium-high heat for 4-6 minutes or until crispy.
Remove the crisp bacon lardons and set them aside.
Add the slightly dried potatoes into the pan with rendered bacon fat on high heat along with the onions and cook for 4-6 minutes while stirring to lightly brown.
Finish by adding ¾ of the crisp cooked bacon, beef stock, vinegar, salt, pepper, and finely minced fresh parsley and mix to combine.
Garnish with more crisp bacon and addition chopped parsley.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 1 day ahead of time.
How to Reheat: Place the desired amount in a small pan or pot and heat over low heat until warm. You can also heat in the microwave until warm.
How to Store: Cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can freeze this recipe, although you will lose moisture and flavor, for up to 3 months, covered.
chef notes + tips
- This potato salad will taste better the next day after infusing the flavors while in the refrigerator.
- German potato salad can be served hot or cold.
- This dish will go well with Pork, Sausage, Schnitzels, or at your next backyard BBQ get-together.
- You can substitute the Yukon potatoes for russet or red bliss potatoes.
- Feel free to substitute the beef stock for vegetable stock.
- Make sure the strained potatoes have little to no water on them before frying in the bacon fat.
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Easy German Potato Salad Recipe
- 3 pounds of sliced Yukon gold potatoes, about ¾” thick
- 1 peeled and medium diced yellow onion
- 6 thinly sliced strips thick cut bacon
- ¾ cup beef stock
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to tast
- Add the potatoes to a large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 4 minutes or just until tender.
- Remove them from the water and strain in a colander and hold them there until ready to use.
- Next, add the bacon to a large frying pan or shallow rondeau pot over medium-high heat and cook for 4-6 minutes or until crisp and browned. Set them bacon aside.
- Turn the heat to high and add in the strained potatoes and onions and cook for 4-6 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir every minute using a spoon or spatula.
- Pour in the beef stock, vinegar, ¾ crisp bacon, salt, pepper, and parsley and mix until combined.
- Serve with remaining ¼ of the crisp cooked bacon and additional chopped parsley.