Of course, being a picky eater growing up I always opted out. Mind you, I used to hate traditional German foods like sauerkraut and mustard. Now I could eat them at every meal.
Isn't it ironically funny how your taste buds drastically change over the years? Half the foods I used to abhor as a child are now my absolute favorites. Like onions, blue cheese, and sauerkraut. Still waiting on mushrooms, though (can't handle the texture).
Hot German Potato Salad with Bacon (And Other Goodies!)
I originally wanted to share THIS hot German potato salad recipe with y'all last year (when I first made it); unfortunately, I forgot to write down the measurements. I was SO excited to chow down on a non-mayo potato salad with plenty of vinegary tang + onion and bacon, bacon, bacon that I didn't keep track of anything. It was all a little of this + a dash of that, take a taste and adjust, take a few more bites just to be sure. Whoopsies!
Then I tried recreating it a few weeks ago and it wasn't quite right. It needed more sauce and an extra punch of vinegar and mustard. Did it taste good? Sure. But, I wanted a version that was SUPER YUMMY before I shared it with you. I'm considerate like that. Also, it would put my German heritage to shame if I touted a recipe that was lackluster in the vinegar and mustard department.
Let's Get to the German Potato Salad Recipe
How would I describe this German potato salad? Like salt and vinegar chips in potato salad form, but more savory (with a hint of sweetness) and a little softer on the vinegar tang with crunchy bits of onion, celery, and crispy, salty bacon.
In other words, glorious!
This is the perfect side dish to make when you need a break from traditional mayonnaise or mustard based potato salad and want a lot of flavor packed into each bite. And even though it's a warm dish, this potato salad is great all year long. In the warm months, you could make a batch ahead of time and keep it on the warm setting in a crock-pot while everything else is grilling away outside.
And as someone who loves, loves, loves all the following savory ingredients (vinegar, mustard, onion, garlic, bacon), this is the best potato salad to serve with grilled or pan-fried brats, kielbasa, or any type of sausage.
Pile on the sauerkraut and extra caramelized onions & sweet peppers, then serve with plenty of good mustard and your favorite beer (perhaps an Oktoberfest variety) or hard cider. If you're looking for some recommendations, I enjoy Paulaner Oktoberfest (lighter than many of the other Oktoberfest I've tried) and Crispin Hard Apple Cider (very dry & refreshing + way less sweet).
All of the above is comfort food heaven for me so it would make my heart all warm & toasty if you served my potato salad with a similar meal! Please let me know if you do. :)
Adapted from Food.com's Hot German Potato Salad and The Good Hearted Woman's Hot German Potato Salad
Notes & Tips
- If you don't have any bacon on hand to cook up for this German potato salad recipe, BUT you're the type that keeps a jar of bacon drippings (or grease) in your fridge, you can totally use that instead. The bacon flavor will be less pronounced and you'll miss out on some of the crunchy texture from the bacon chunks, but it'll still taste good.
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