Wednesday, August 13, 2008

German Potato Salad

When I began my search for a classic German potato salad recipe, I quickly discovered that there are as many different recipes as there are German grandmas. EVERYONE has a different family recipe!!! Some use celery seeds, or celery salt. Some use mayonnaise, some don't. Some have bacon, some don't. Some use dill or other herbs or mustard seeds. The variations are seemingly endless! This recipe seems to be exactly what comes to mind when people think of German potato salad. It has bacon, no mayonnaise, and it's served warm. That works for me! You seriously need to try this recipe. It's SO good!!!!!

3 lbs potatoes
1/2 cup onion, chopped
5 slices bacon, diced
1 tbs flour
1/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp pepper

Boil potatoes until they're tender. Cool, peel, and slice about 1/4-inch thick. In large bowl, layer potato slices with diced onion; set aside. Fry bacon until brown; remove and drain on paper towel. Pour off all but 1/4 cup fat. Over medium heat, add flour to bacon drippings, stirring to prevent lumps. Add vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper and bring to boil. Remove from heat; stir in bacon. Pour sauce over room temperature potatoes. Toss gently to coat all potatoes. Serve warm.

I used more than one kind of potato (specifically Red Skins and Yukon Gold), just so I could use up what I had on hand. I'd probably just use the red skins next time.

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