German potato salad

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German potato salad is the best potato salad in the world. It's sour and sweet and wonderful. And best of all - NO MAYO! :D

(Mayo is the worst. Remember that.)

German potato salad is great hot or cold, and it's really easy to throw together. I'm using the recipe from Joy of Cooking, but slightly altered so it's more like my grandmother's. Her German potato salad had whole mustard seeds and no celery, so that's the way I make it too.
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • 2 pounds new or yellow potatoes (I prefer red skinned new potatoes because they're so sweet)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed OR 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of paprika
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 onion
  • green onions
  • parsley

Step 2: Cook the potatoes and bacon

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You want to cook them with the skins on - I chose to steam mine in a pressure cooker. (12 minutes at high pressure) You can also boil them on the stove or cook them in the microwave. When they're easily pierced with a knife, they're ready to go!

Don't use a fork for testing, you'll break them up too much. :)

Once they're cooked, set them aside so they can cool down a bit.

Cook the bacon until it's a crisp as you like - I like mine a little more fatty for this salad. Set it aside on paper towels when done.

Step 3: Make the vinegar dressing + prep toppings

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If you're using whole mustard seeds, put them in the saucepan first over medium heat and shake the pan around for a couple minutes until they get a little astringent!

If you're using mustard powder, just add it along with everything else.

Combine the vinegar, water, mustard, paprika, salt and sugar together in a saucepan and bring to a boil then turn off the heat.

While that's coming to a boil, chop up your bacon, a couple of green onions and a few sprigs of parsley.
caryn.langen7 months ago

Just made this for Christmas dinner. Added a touch of dill and a good amount of ground pepper. My 14 year old son who hates potato salad doesn't want to wait until dinner so he can eat it. Just caught him in the bowl stealing a bite. A recipe I will keep forever.

DropPanel9 months ago

I make a very similar recipe to this. I wing it just a bit every time but the basics are always the same. Sometimes I swap out the bacon for ham, or green onion for cilantro. It really depends on what I have in the fridge.

"Mayo is the worst." ~cosigned

sabu.dawdy10 months ago

going to eat this today :D

majjuss1 year ago
Hi there!

I'm from Germany, and a very similar potato salad is my absolute favourite!
My recipe is almost the same, but uses tarragon and chervil as spices.
I absolutely love it, but I will try yours, too.
In fact, I have never ever tasted a homemade potato salad that I didn't like.
Only the store-bought stuff I tried was always disgusting.

Thank you very much!
billbillt2 years ago
ceez12 years ago
My mouth is watering.
I cooked this about a month ago. THANK YOU! The only thing I did differently was cook it for about 2 hours or more. My house smelled like a dream. The dish itself is out of this world!
Looks tasty, I'm going to try this.
l8nite2 years ago
I like this type of german potato salad especially for warm weather/picnic/outdoor gatherings but a mayo and bacon or bleu cheese and bacon dressed potato salad also vie for first place in my heart. I prefer (because thats how Gma made it) to slice the potatoes before boiling and I use a basic pickling spice blend in the red wine vinegar
sunshiine2 years ago
I must try this! Looks so yummy!
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Looks absolutely delicious! But my mayo in the fridge feels a little bit discriminated... :-)
Fypsigon2 years ago
No Mayo??? ...I beg to differ...! I´m from Northern Germany and here people use Mayo for their potato salad. It´s kinda like a religion, Mayo in the north and warm potato salad in the south.... ;-)
I don't know exactly where my grandma was from in Germany..but she made it with no mayo! :) Sounds great either way ...
She was probably from the South. I am originally from the North and there we use a lot of Mayo, now I live in the South and here we use a lot of vinegar.
HollyMann2 years ago
My grandma would be proud! She used to make this all the time - she was from Germany and my dad loves making it too. Very similar to your recipe. They didn't use bacon though...most of my relatives don't like the taste - I guess it's acquired...but I like it! Looks good!!!
Haus Page2 years ago
onrust2 years ago
No mayo and it still looks good enough to swim in!
Prototyp 812 years ago
looks tasty, getting hungry! i´m not from the north and not from the south of germany. live directly in the middle and we eat it cold and combine your recipe with small pieces of pickled gherkins and chopped eggs... without mayo!