German Potato Salad

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions

Preheat the grill to high. Place potatoes in a large pot with the yellow onion and cover with cold water. Cook, on the grates of the grill, or on a burner, until tender. Drain, discard the onion, and cut the potatoes into cubes when cool enough to handle. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and cover to keep warm.

Place a large saute pan on the grates of the grill. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Add the red onion to the rendered bacon fat and cook until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully add the vinegar and mustard and cook for 2 more minutes. Whisk in the oil and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add the hot dressing to the potatoes and toss gently to coat. Fold in the green onions and parsley. Season again with salt and pepper, to taste.

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I was born in Romania and our potatoes salad is just like German potatoes salad ,we don't put bacon in it ,never did ,and no sugar was added to the salad either .Ingredients where ,boiled potatoes sliced ,vinegar,salt pepper ,oil,onion (green onion and regular onion ,parsley or fresh dill.I never tried recipe above but everyone that made it should go by their test when comes the amount of vinegar .I believe the recipe above is a good one but no one has the same test ,do it the way you like it and don't make fuss about it . item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Great summer dish everyone enjoyed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too much vinegar. That's all you can taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really loved this recipe, except for the bacon. Although it was nice and crispy, my family preferred the salad without the bacon. Call it tradition, I guess. However, everyone said that the salad was very good and it went fast. Thanks, Bobby. Maxine B. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great side dish at a BBQ. I've made it several times, and it's always a huge hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, but I cut the vinegar in half and used 1/2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe calls for way too much vinnegar. it's all you can taste. it was actually pretty gross. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love everything about this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The pirate in me came out in my post. Make that "my taste" item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe. We went to an Oktoberfest party and this was the prize-winning dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A couple of clarifications from the recipe vs Bobby's video. He adds salt to the boiling potatoes, which is not mentioned in the recipe. Bobby uses olive oil instead of canola oil in the dressing and finally, he uses, what looks like, a Dijon mustard instead of mustard seeds in the final step. The editors need to pay closer attention. I've given it 4 stars...my German wife tells me real hot German Potato Salad does not have mustard, only vinegar...I like them both. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great potato salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I put the potatoes in the dressing after it cooked and let the potatoes cook in the dressing, it allows the dressing to really seep into the potatoes and did end up needing a little more vinegar, but it was a big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe, but the directions do leave out a few steps. first is, which onion do you cook with the potatoes, then discard. Also, it doesn't say what to do with the bacon once you place it on plate to drain. An experienced cook will be able to figure this out on their own, but a novice might run into difficulty when steps like this are left out. Overall, though, a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, but added a little extra vinegar and 1 tablespoon of raw horseradish/sauce Gave it a little more kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good recipe but instructions are not clear. Cook and discard all onions? I don't think so. I'm guessing cook yellow onion with potatoes and discard them keep red and green onion for use in the salad and as garnish. An experienced cook can figure this out but a novice will have problems. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for an Oktoberfest we hosted and everyone loved it! I actually made it the night before and stuck it in the oven an hour and a half before we ate. Just before serving I mixed in the green onions and parsley and people went crazy. Great flavor and a good balance of textures. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for our Octoberfest at churt and won the first place. I is really good as my husband said "it is the best german potato salad he ever had." Thank you Bobby! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sehr schmeckt. Wonderful stuff. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is the closest I can find to the German potato salad at my favorite local German restaurant (at least as far as my tastebuds can tell). And those guys are real Germans (we have alot of them here because of Von Braun and his guys). I fwould make a chicken schnitzel to go with it. Either pound out chicken breasts or get cutlets and then dredge in egg and then in a mix of plain bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and dried thyme. Then you fry it in a skillet with canola or other light oil. You don't need to act like you're deep-frying it, just use enough oil to coat the whole bottom of the pan. If you want, you could put sauteed onions and apples on the schnitzel like they do at aforementioned German restaurant.... Oh yeah, and I think the flour and sugar is a good idea. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried many receipes, but this one is the best. I fix this at least once a month, and everyone fights over the left overs to take home. The only change I made was to add 1 tablespoon of sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves German Potato Salad so I wanted to try a new variation. This recipe is excellent with the addition of 3 tbls of sugar and 2 tbls of flour. I also added 1/3 cup chopped celery to sautee with the onion. I fried the bacon to "very crisp" let it drain on a paper towel while making the sauce and crumbled the bacon on top. It is a good idea to let this sit in a med crock on warm for 30 - 60 minutes before serving if you have the time.... If not, it is still yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made German potato salad for years, thought I'd try this one. In my experience, this is supposed to be a sweet-sour dish, and much to my surprise I find no sweetener in this recipe. No matter, Bobby knows what he's doing, right? Wrong. This is terrible without sugar in it. So strike one. Second strike, the recipe instructions call for you to cook the bacon and drain it on paper towels. No mention of it at all after that. I assume it actually goes IN the dish, right, Bobby? I think you need better proof readers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ines from Houston-You are a freeking idoit. Vinegar is used in numerous recipes in Germany including Potatoe salad. "I don't no where this recipe comes from, but never ever from germany. The only one in germay who put vinegar in his potato... salat is the potato salad factory. I'm german and I've taste some fesh potatoe salads, but nothing is like this *brrr* May you should eat some from german guys, the know what to do, but certainly not this one. Ines sice 2 years in Houston" I have served it 10 times and received nothing but 5 star reviews. item not reviewed by moderator and published
German / not German, whatever. I'm from Long Island, and I just know it tastes good. Whever I make it for family gatherings, it goes quickly. I use a little less vinegar than called for. It's great both summer and winter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you're preparing a dinner for an elite group of German foodies, then you may be risking it if you make this dish and try to claim it as authentically German. It seems that plenty of people below have criticized this dish as not actually being close to "German potato salad." Honestly.....whatever. This dish was good and that's all that mattered to me and my group of starving bbq'ers. The dish was a hit! And unlike other potato salads that require tons of mayo, this dish could withstand sitting in the sun for a few hours. Alterations: I used a little less than 1 pound of bacon (so I didn't have to save the extra 4 slices of bacon in the package) and used apple cider vinegar. Other than that, I pretty much followed the recipe and it turned out delicious and aesthetically pleasing. Not bad, Bobby. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't no where this recipe comes from, but never ever from germany. The only one in germay who put vinegar in his potato salat is the potato salad factory. I'm german and I've taste some fesh potatoe salads, but nothing is like this *brrr* May you should eat some from german guys, the know what to do, but certainly not this one. Ines sice 2 years in Houston item not reviewed by moderator and published
My friends LOVED this recipe - between 6 guys they ate the whole thing. The potato salad does not taste heavy and is bursting with flavors that are simple but highly complimentary. I do not have grill access so I boiled the potatoes on the stove, and used a frying pan on the stove, and everything tasted fine. Make sure: (a) you cook the potatoes until they're almost starting to break apart under a fork; (b) let the salad sit for at least 30 min before actually serving; (c) use the fresh parsley, the dry ground stuff isn't half as good I made the following changes and it was a hit: 1. Apple Cider Vinegar 2. I used 4oz of bacon (chopped) and 4oz of sausage (chopped) - it was Italian style chicken sausage from Trader Joe's and no one notice that it wasn't the real thing! 3. 1/2c instead of 1/4c of fresh chopped parsley 4. In the last 1-2 minutes of making the vinaigrette mixture, I added roughly 1/4c of sugar and 1/4c of flour and whisked it into the mix to thicken/sweeten it. You could use less or more of these two ingredients depending on the consistency you want - I prefered this thicker sauce I feel like these changes aren't very major, but more of a personal taste preference... the core of the recipe is awesome and I highly recommend it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not sure what part of Germany this is from, it tastes like the type of potato salad you buy at supermarkets. My wife and I are from the Black Forest area and although there are many many variations, this recipe doesn't come close to any of them. A little research might be in order. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe never said when to put the bacon back in? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is exactly the taste I remember from years back when my Mom used to make this. I even halved the recipe and all ingredients and it was wonderful!! Thank you, Bobby!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i find using a fattier bacon renders more bacon drippings which makes the potatoes even better. not necessarily the healthiest, but definitely the tastiest! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cut back on the apple cider vinegar as recommended by the other review, but next time I'll put in the full monty. I also added about 2 tsp of sugar to the dressing as my red onion was high in sulfar. I refridgerated over night to let the flavors marry and then reheated before serving. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! the first recipe I've run across online that is close to the GPS my Grandmother made! Another reviewer commented that it doesn't need the flour and sugar found in other German Potato Salad recipes, and I agree--the potatoes break down and will taste sweet enough to counterbalance the vinegar. The only thing I'd rethink is the addition of Canola oil, as with the bacon drippings you probably have enough fat, especially if you dice a whole pound of bacon as my grandma taught me to do. Well done Bobby! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My grandmother is from Germany and makes German potato salad every year at Holiday gatherings. This is the only recipe I've tried that is as good as hers (maybe even better...sorry Grandma!) It isn't "missing" flour and sugar as some have commented. German potato salad simply is not dressed with a creamy spread like American potato salad is. It's supposed to be this way. One tip I can offer, as someone who has been eating German potato salad since I was a small child, is not to serve it right away. Refrigerate it overnight and reheat the following day. The potatoes absorb the flavor and the salad becomes even more delicious. It also seems to take just a little of the edge off of the vinegar. One final thought: add 2-3 diced dill pickles. They're perfect for a salad like this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is NOT good without letting the bacon drippings thicken with flour and then slowly whisking in water and sugar with the vinegar. It will be a thicker sauce and more tasty. WIthout the flour, water and sugar this recipe is horrible; bobby flay's thin vinegar sauce is absorbed by the potatoes and it is not creamy as is. i've done it both ways and it is a big hit when it is thickend and creamy with the sugar to balance out the vinegar taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELICIOUS!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very easy to make and I used exact amts, of all ingredients. The taste was excellent and brought raves from those partaking in eating this salad. Then with the help of my girlfriend she created a frattata with the addition of some italian sausage,cheese in the mixture and eggs of course and then finished off under the broiler with parm/regiano cheese browned and crispy and it was absolutely incredible. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe is the BOMB! Correct to all to suggest 1/2 vinegar. I used Apple cider vinegar. 1/2 amount is perfect. Plus awesome to use so much red sweet onion. Really balances the tartness of vinegar and mustard. Also used Dijon mustard instead of mustard seeds. The longer the stuff sits, the better it gets! Cheers and Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this today and it was the best , i did however half the vinegar and mushed some of the potatos up abit , hubby on a diet so he could not coment Thanks bobby you rock item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this potato salad at every bbq I have at home, and it's always a hit! I do agree with some of the comments about it being too vinegary at first... but when you cut that in half or to taste, it's superb! I also use cilantro instead of parsley. Everyone who tries it for the first time always comments about how they like it so much better than the mustard or mayo based potato salads. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was searching for a different kind of german potato salad recipe and this is the BEST one ever! I made this for a Father's Day BBQ and it was devoured. Not a drop left. The big family BBQ is this weekend and I am making it again, only this time, I will have to make twice as much b/c my sister already told me she wants her "own" stash for her family. The only problem with this recipe is that there wasn't enough. Thanks Bobby! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had never made German Potato Salad before, and was a little nervous serving it warm. I was doing a BBQ, and thought I would serve more of a traditional cold salad, so I served it cold. And it was great! But make sure its fully chilled for all the flavors to come together. TIP - Still combined all the ingredents while the potatoes are still warm, that way they soak in all the ingredients. If you wait till the potatoes are cool, you will end up coating the potatoes instead of them absorbing the flavors. I also took other reviewers advice and cut the vinegar in half. Perfect amount. I would definetly make it again, great recipe =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just thinking about how delicious this dish was makes my mouth water. I'm not even a big mustard fan and I only added about 2 tbsps. of the hot sweet mustard called for (although I followed the rest of the recipe as he instructed. I prepared this for a small dinner party and everyone wanted the recipe, (one even had 3 helpings. Definitely the best German potato salad I"ve ever had and the recipe now resides in my personal cookbook. Kudos to Master Bobby on this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is awesome. We love German potato salad, but have never found one that quite hit the spot...until now. I wouldn't change a thing (except to add the bacon to the salad. Must have been an oversight in the printing.) You hit this one out of the park. Thanks, Bobby. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never made German potato salad before. The recipe was pretty easy and my only worry was that I was going to have to serve it cold the next day. What a hit! The guest of honor is German and he wants the recipe! I am so thankful for this website and all the great chefs who donate their recipes. I look like a star! Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The salad is easy and very good. This is not too vinegarry at all. Make sure you use enough bacon, it really adds alot. Next time I'll make sure to dice all the onions and potatoes smaller and adjust the salt/pepper seasoning sooner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and great tasting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first warm potato salad I have ever made and it was pretty easy. I would add less vinegar next time, maybe substitute some water since it was a little vinegary. I made this with the red cabbage from the episode and overall had a pickled feeling when done. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I left out the green onion, I didn't think it worked. The rest of the recipe is amazing. Tangy,, delicious. It is now a part of my permanent repertoire. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been a long-time fan of German potato salad, but being a rank novice I've never attempted to make it. This recipe was easy and turned out delicious, tho' it took me a lot longer than the time indicated since I'm a slow chopper! I did add a little sugar and I used olive oil instead of canola, and it was brilliant! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice ingredients............try using fresh chives instead of parsley. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't even like potato salad but when I make this, it is all I eat. The flavors are perfectly balanced. It isn't too hard to make and did I mention it tastes awesome? item not reviewed by moderator and published
you havent had the real thing untill you have had mine item not reviewed by moderator and published
I replaced the mustard seeds with 2 Tbls of brown mustard, reduced the vinegar to 1/2 cup, and added more bacon. The dish turned out far better than I expected. Two of my friends asked for the recipe. I'll definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Keep doing what you are doing...Mr. Bobby Flay...This recipe is DELICIOUS!!!! Thanks for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor was very good, but it was a bit too "vinegar-y" for my taste. I added a tablespoon of sugar as someone here suggested to balance out the taste. I will make the recipe again, but will reduce the vinegar. I'm not an expert on German potato salad but I had it once in Fredericks, TX and it was so good that I've been craving for the dish since then. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for an Oktoberfest party with my neighbors but used the stove. It was fantastic and a nice change from mayo type salads. Next time, I will reduce the apple cider vinegar to only 1/2 cup, it was a bit "vinegary" for my taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
at the oktoberfest party i went to. i used 3T of spicy, seedy mustard and thought it tasted just right. everyone wanted the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i watched the show when he made this and it really made me crave this potatoe salad even though im not a huge fan he sold me on it and i made it for a family bar:b:que everyone loved it . it was yummy! thanx bobby! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was good, though the vinegar seemed overpowering. I would definitely make it again, but would decrease the amount of vinegar by half. If you are not a huge vinegar lover, you may want to consider this, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good, and easy to make item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a lot like the recipe my MIL makes and her Mom was from Germany. I found it needed much more vinegar, the three Tbs. was too little and the salad too dry. This is a recipe you need to tweak to your own tastes. I also added celery for some added crunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a sad example of German Potato salad. You need to do more research be for presenting ethnic foods. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe might taste good, but please don't call it German Potato Salad. There are thousands of potatoe salad versions in Germany, from every region, but this is certainly not one of the many. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a big fan of mustard seeds, so next time I would remove them from the recipe. Otherwise, the potato was good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with 1 Tblsp brown spicy mustard and 1 Tblsp dijon mustard. (I also used olive oil, not canola). I reduced the cider vinegar to 1/2 cup to fit my taste, and it turned out well. This was a big hit with my husband and friends, and it makes plenty for a good sized gathering. I served grilled sausages and fried apples alongside this--a great combination! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great german potato salad. If you haven't like german potato salad before, give this recipe a try. It will convert you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect for any Oktoberfest and easy too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this for my husband, who was an army brat who spent 8 of his formative years in Germany. He loves this recipe and says that it's what he remembers growing up in Landschtul. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i'm used to potato salad with lots of mayonaise and mustard, so i was surprised when i tried this one....and it was orgasmic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
fantanic item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is savory and delicious! It is easy to make and is a great compliment to any meat dish served as a main course. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I watched the Boy Meets Grill episode for this recipe Bobby added mustard(I believe two types). When I made this at home and just followed the recipe from the Food Network web-page it didn't have that Bobby Flay taste, and I'm sure it's because the recipe on the web-page forgot the mustard! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This potato salad is easy to make and so good. Especially good the next day..if there's any left ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
just like grandma's. yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
As soon as I saw this recipe on Bobby's show I had to try it. I'm orignally from Wisconsin where brat making could be a profession (oh wait I think it is), but my wife and I we're stationed down in TX at the time. You can't get a good brat in WF, TX, anyway I really wanted to impress my friends with some good down home beer brats and potato salad. Well they loved it! This recipe was so easy and affordable (if your on a budget and want to throw a party) and you can take it to so many levels. To any potato salad hater out there try this potato salad it will blow you away. Better to use dark beer then light I've tried with both and if your not a big sauerkraut fan this is unlike any sauerkraut you've ever had. Thanks Bobby for keepin it real with brats!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The hit salad of my father's 65th birthday party. It was a hot day, and with this one, there is no need to worry about spoiling. A keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decided on this recipe for our Oktoberfest fundraiser dinner after reading the reviews on this site. Easy to make, we also substituted dijon for the mustard seeds. Not only did both my 17-yr. old daughter and my picky-eater husband love it, our German-born-and-raised guest said it was "first-class." Thanks, Food Network and Bobby Flay! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never made German potato salad before nor really ever tried it, so I didn't know much about it coming into the recipe. Nonetheless, I think it turned out very well and it was a hit at a German-themed party I went to! I didn't see the show so I didn't know he used dijon instead of mustard seeds. I think that may have been the "missing" element although it tasted great prepared the way it was written out. I'll try it with the dijon next time--will definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fabulous recipe. Definitely use 2 Tbsp. dijon and the olive oil. It makes a big difference. Also, the more good thich-cut bacon, the better. I have been looking for a good German Potato salad recipe for 6 years, and this is the first one to please my husband. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never really liked any potato salad. Mayo-based, vinegar-based, I hate them all. All except this one. I made this because we were having the brats and I couldn't stop eating it. It is so delicious. I didn't use the mustard seeds-I used dijon like he did in the show. Really great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did this stovetop. Used dijon mustard instead of mustard seed. I added a little over a tablespoon of sugar (to taste) to the dressing. Really perked up the flavor. Great leftover. I like it served hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used dijon mustard instead of mustard seed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good flavor but was lacking something, I added an extra tabledspoon of prepared spicy brown mustard and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and it was better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely recommend the TV version which uses bottle dijon mustard (2 T or so) and olive oil. Very good!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an easy, yummy potato recipe. It's very different from a standqard potato salad (which is great if you're not a fan of your traditional mayo based, cold salads). Give it a try with the beer simmered bratwurst! The combination was a big hit with our friends last year! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good,,Ive made others but this tops them all ..Great taste ..thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
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The best german potato salad I ever made. I used 1 tbsp. dijon mustard instead of the mustard seed. The longer it sat, the better it was. All the flavors really came together great. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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It was perfect, much better than the mayo salad I have made in the past. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a wonder twist on potato salad without mayonnaise. Also try different mustards in this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sure brought back many memories of my Grandma and her cooking from the Homeland - Germany. Very easy to prepare and taste great warm or cold. I would love to see more German Recipes on this site. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone loves this salad, I always make a double batch and there are never leftovers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best German Potato salad that I have ever made! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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