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Traditional German Potato Salad with a German Potato Salad Dressing

German potato salad is usually served warm with a slightly tart dressing which contains bits of bacon. Hot German potato salad has its name because of the German immigrants who introduced the recipe to the United States. Some versions use a vinaigrette dressing and are served cold but others are served mouthwateringly warm. You can serve German potato salad with anything from seared tuna to a New York strip. It is a good substitute for mashed potatoes or fries and you can add chicken or beef to it to make it an entree rather than a side dish. Russet or firm red-skinned potatoes work well in German potato salad although you can use any kind of potato.

German potato salad dressing is usually made with equal parts of vinegar, sugar, and water but because different vinegars have different flavors you might need to change these ratios. A strong vinegar like tarragon vinegar might hide the onion and bacon flavors. If your dressing comes out too strong for you just add some water. Use bacon fat in the dressing for an authentic bacon flavor and cook the onion to sweeten it; raw onion will not work.

How to Make Hot German Potato Salad
Summary: Rather than using mayonnaise for a dressing, this German style potato salad is made with wine vinegar and onion for a piquant taste. It also includes yummy bacon.
Cuisine: German
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
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  • 4 peeled, sliced cooked potatoes
  • 5 diced strips of bacon
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
For the German Potato Salad Dressing:
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup wine vinegar
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  1. Combine the water, sugar, and vinegar in a measuring cup.
  2. Fry the bacon in a skillet until nearly crisp.
  3. Add the chopped onion and cook until the onion is golden.
  4. Add the dressing and heat, stirring, until the mixture reaches a boil and the sugar dissolves.
  5. Add the potatoes and stir. Season to taste.
  6. Keep cooking for another 10 minutes, stirring often, or until the potatoes have absorbed all the liquid.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  8. Let the German potato salad stand for 10 minutes before serving, to allow the flavors to blend even more.

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Potato salad is a wonderful accompaniment to all kinds of dishes from burgers and steaks to sausages, grilled fish, or even deli meat if you want a quick and easy lunch. This recipe swaps the mayonnaise-based dressing you might be more familiar with for a tangy wine vinegar and onion dressing. Along with the potatoes we are adding bacon to this recipe for a great meaty touch. If you are looking for a brand new twist on potato salad, why not give this German recipe a whirl and discover how potato salad is made in some parts of Western Europe?

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