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German Potato Salad


We’re having a rough morning at my house…and I’m desperately rying to get to my happy place. You know the one, where all of the carbs and bacon hang out? While I don’t have any of this soul-satisfying salad in the house, I very well make some today. I am finding ways to keep myself busy, as my lovely little boy refused (and by refused I mean had a massively embarassing meltdown between the school parking lot and his classroom that lasted 45 minutes) to go to school today. Otherwise, I’d be sleeping- since I’m working the next three nights.

So, Carbs. Bacon. Happy Place.

While my heritage is mostly that of a mutt, there’s a bit of German in there- and I love me some German food. Specifically sausage and potato salad of the german kind.

This recipe came to my family from a good friend of my grandparents, Betty Bernard. The Bernard family lived next door to my mom’s family when she was growing up, and there are all kinds of good stories involving the kids of both families. Many of the recipes in our family collection came from the Bernards. There’s nothing quite like having good food with good friends, and having other kids to blame things on. Too bad for my son he’s an only child with no children nearby!

German Potato Salad from Betty Bernard

  • 8 medium potatoes, boiled in skin then peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 8 hard boiled eggs, coarsley chopped
  • 1 lb bacon, fried until crisp and crumbled (reserve grease)
  • 2 medium yellow onions, coarsely chopped


  • 4 heaping Tbsp flour
  • Enough bacon grease, to make paste
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 1/2 C. white vinegar
  • 1 C. water
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp celery seed

Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl, and stir to combine. Combine bacon paste and remaining ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly, until thickened and smooth. Pour over potatoes, and stir to combine. Let cool and refrigerate.

Things I’ve learned over the years:

  • This recipe is amazing right away, when still warm.
  • It is exponentially better if you refrigerate, wait 24 hours, then reheat. It’s hard, but you can do it.
  • Accidentally leaving out the celery seed doesn’t lessen the awesomeness of this salad.
  • Any combination of white and/or apple cider vinegar works just fine.

Trust me.

Now, won’t you join me in my happy place? I promise, it’s worth the effort!