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German Potato Salad

by Margaret Pfeiffer, MS RD CLS CD

Servings: 8 (1/2 Cup Per Serving)
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 35
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 Cup
Amount per serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 
 Saturated Fat 0.5g 
Cholesterol 30mg 
Sodium 250mg 
Total Carbohydrate 23g 
 Dietary Fiber 4g 
Protein 4g 

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has a large German population, and German potato salad is common fare. While it's best made the day of serving, don't hesitate to reheat in the microwave.


5 unpeeled red-skinned potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
4 slices bacon or turkey bacon, diced
¼ cup sugar or equivalent sugar substitute
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup water
¼ cup white vinegar
1 large egg
¼ cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
¼ cup chopped fresh chives


  1. Boil the potatoes in a large saucepan for about 20 minutes or until tender (test with a fork). Drain and cool slightly. Slice the potatoes and place in a large serving bowl with the chopped onion and set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon in a medium-sized skillet until crisp. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat.
  3. Add the sugar, flour, salt, and pepper to the bacon fat in the skillet; stir to combine.
  4. Combine the water, vinegar, egg, and lemon juice in a small bowl; whisk with a fork to blend. Add to the bacon fat mixture in the skillet. Whisk together and cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the cooked bacon fat mixture over the potatoes and onions and toss gently. Garnish with chives and serve.
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Margaret A Pfeiffer MS RD CLS CD

Margaret Pfeiffer, MS RD CLS CD




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