how to make german potato salad | kelly’s kitchen

  1. Sylvia Espinoza says:

    Oh, Kelly, you’ve indeed taken me on a lovely walk down memory lane, all the way to my childhood! A neighbor across the street made warm German potato salad and he’d share with our family. It was delicious and fascinated me. Everyone else made cold, mayo-based potato salad. But his was warm, with a unique flavor. He would not share his recipe, stating only that it was his late mother’s recipe. For years I’ve longed to relive that taste and your recipe today seems as if it just might make my dream come true. Thank you! Let me also say how much I appreciate your creativity in selecting what recipe to share with us every Saturday morning. Most Friday nights am wondering what Kelly is bringing us in the morning! Keep them coming! Hugs!~

    • Good morning Sylvia, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful memory! I hope this recipe captures the flavors you remember. It is really special when you find a long lost recipe or taste something again after so long. Do let me know how it turns out for you. Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend. Thanks so much for your support, it means a lot to me. xo Kelly

  2. Robin says:

    Hi, Kelly! Thank you for this awesome recipe, and all the others you’ve shared with us – this is my favorite potato salad! I never thought to add green beans, but will the next time I make this salad.

    • Hi Robin, I had never added green beans before either, but I thought “why not” and I am so glad I did! Thanks for tuning in today, Have a great Memorial Day, xo Kelly

  3. Andrea says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe Robin. My best friend, who passed away far too young, several years ago, was German. She was a fantastic cook and food is part of my best memories of her, especially in summer. It will be wonderful to make this salad in memory of her – food memories are the best memories 💕

    • Hello Andrea, I agree. So many of my best memories are somehow associated with food. Making a special dish is a wonderful way to revisit memories and reminisce. Thanks so much for tuning in today! I hope you have a great Memorial Day, xo Kelly

  4. Est says:

    Can’t wait to try this! My aunt used to make this; it was delish! Thanks for sharing some great recipes.

  5. Karen White says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this Kelly. I’m planning to serve bratwurst and this will go perfectly with it! I even have a jar of pickled green beans I got at the farmers market and hadn’t figured out how to use yet!

    • Hi Karen, Ohhh, I love having this along with bratwurst. And so cool you have some pickled green beans on hand! Let me know how you like the addition of the pickled green beans. Have a great Memorial Day! xo Kelly

  6. Cathy says:

    This sounds good, an alternative to the kind of potato salad with mayo which I’m not fond of. On another topic, I’m wondering, do you have an air fryer? I’m considering getting one but wonder how often I’d use it and what it is especially good for making.

    • Hello Cathy, this potato salad is lighter than than the mayo-based version, which is a welcome difference. You know, I don’t have an air fryer; but I have read they’re good for making all the fried things in a healthier way! I bet things like cauliflower tater tots, or sweet potato fries would be especially good. I did see a recipe for beef empanadas that looked particularly great. I have considered buying one too, because I always want to make fried things at home, but really never want to go through all the trouble (and mess!). Let me know if you get one and how you like it. Happy Memorial day and thanks for reading the post and writing in, xo Kelly

  7. Carroll Niesen says:

    It looks delicious!

  8. Elisa says:

    I love the useful details you add when summarizing your recipes. They are all winners. My husband is German, and I know he will like this recipe much more than the one I make. Would have never thought of making it with mustard!

    • Hi Elisa, Thanks so much for your kind words! Do let us know how your husband likes this version of the potato salad, have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! xo Kelly

  9. Gayle Murphy says:

    I enjoy how your recipe is more than just the ingredients and a method. Suggestions like how to cook the bacon, and why to start potatoes in cold not boiling water are very helpful. Real teaching moments. Could you please be a bit more specific about the amount of bacon? Where I live, bacon comes in many different sized packages. And, also, a bit more specific about the amount of fat. Again, some bacon is fatter than others. All the best.

    • Hi Gayle, yes of course; I usually use a 12 ounce package of thick-cut bacon. I haven’t noticed a significant difference in the amount of fat produced between thick and thin cut. A 12 ounce package of bacon produces around three tablespoons of fat. I hope this answers your questions, thank you so much for reaching out and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. xo Kelly

  10. Regina says:

    The salad looks really delicious!! I am german, but have never seen this version of a potato salad 😉 Greetings and a nice weekend!

    • Hello Regina, I have read that there are many regional styles of potato salad across Germany, and this recipe is more of a Bavarian style of potato salad. But here in America, we usually refer to this style as “German Potato Salad” even though it’s just one of many styles. I hope you try the recipe and be sure to write back to let us know how you like it! Take care and be well, xo Kelly

  11. Gloria says:

    Hi Kelly! I’ve never made German potato salad, but this looks easy to prepare and delish! Having guests for a few days and I’m thinking I’ll serve this. I discovered cooking bacon in the oven several years ago. What a helpful revelation! I line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy aluminum foil and skip the wire rack, simply because the one or two times I used the rack it was a pain to clean. Do you spray yours first with cooking spray? Thank you! Loving Kelly’s Kitchen on Saturdays. You’re a natural teacher!

    • Hi Gloria, thanks so much for tuning in this week! I appreciate your kind words and support. To answer your question, I just give the rack a rinse and then put it in the dishwasher, easy as that! But if you don’t have a dishwasher, cooking spray could be a good strategy and then maybe a soak in hot soapy water could make it easier. I used to line my baking sheet with foil for easier clean up, but I always felt that too much of the bacon fat would get caught in the crinkles of the foil, and I like the fact that the rack let’s the fat drip off the bacon and then I don’t have to use a paper towel-lined plate to soak up the excess grease. I hope this helps! Thanks again and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! Take care, xo Kelly

  12. Lorilee says:

    I too grew up with German potato salad. You have made this look easy, I am going to try it for Memorial Day. I so appreciate your clear, thorough directions.

    • Thanks so much Lorilee! It is a very easy recipe, do let us know how it turns out for you – I am sure it will be a hit! Thanks again, xo Kelly

  13. Terry says:

    I made this today, I thought we would have it with our BBQ sausage. I was never a fan of German potato salad, WOW this is amazing I had to step out of the kitchen so I wouldn’t eat the whole thing before dinner 👍🏼👍🏼 DELICIOUS….

  14. Dorothy says:

    HI, did I miss the link for the entire recipe with instructions? All I see listed are the ingredients then the long instructions with pictures. Was hoping for just the written after the ingredients? Thanks so much. It looks fabulous!

    • Hi Dorothy, I did not include the directions in list form in the post, but here are the instructions consolidated for you:

      – Bake your bacon on a rimmed baking sheet at Bake it at 350 degrees. Timing will vary on the thickness of the bacon. But once you can smell it cooking (about 15 minutes), turn the tray in the oven and then just watch it from that point on (checking it every couple minutes).
      – When the bacon is done, let the tray cool, then set your bacon aside and collect the fat in a glass jar or bowl.
      – Start your potatoes off in cold water. Fill your pot to cover the potatoes and add a teaspoon of salt.
      Potatoes are done when they are fork tender.
      – Once the potatoes are done and drained, take the bacon grease you collected and add it to a large skillet or dutch oven.
      – Over medium heat, pour in your bacon fat, vinegar, dijon, salt, pepper and sugar. Whisk to combine and bring to a simmer.
      – Add the minced garlic and cook just until the garlic softens, about 1 minute.
      – Add your chopped bacon to the mixture and stir to coat the bacon.
      – Turn off the heat and add in your potatoes. Stir very gently so as not to break up the potatoes too much.
      – This is when I added my pickled green beans, but you can skip this step if you aren’t adding anything else.
      – Toss in the chopped parsley, give it a light stir and that’s it!

      I hope that helps, Dorothy. Thanks so much for tuning in, xo Kelly

  15. Suzanne Smith says:

    Oh, I’m going to make this. Sounds delicious. Gonna do so this week. Thanks!

  16. Dora Renata Pala says:

    Ciao Kelly sono Dora Renata da Bologna
    Simpatica questa ricetta. La proverò durante il fine settimana nella nostra casetta in montagna al confine con la Toscana di cui ti ho già parlato. Se daranno il permesso di uscire fuori regione senza problemi faremo un salto a Firenze e da piazzale Michelangelo invierò un saluto alla splendida città da parte tua di Alex e naturalmente Beth. Un affettuoso abbraccio. 😋

    • Ciao Dora, è così bello sentirti! Sono sicuro che apprezzerai questa ricetta. Che meraviglia andare a Firenze! Speriamo di tornarci di nuovo un giorno … Abbi cura di te e goditi il ​​tuo tempo in campagna. xo Kelly

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