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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad changes slightly from region to region. Consequently there are about a dozen authentic recipes and this just happens to be one of them. The end result is full of taste and a treat to serve to your guests.


  • 1 lb 0.5 kgfat back or bacon
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 12 cups cooked potatoes sliced
  • Pepper
  • Parsley


  • Cook bacon till crisp; drain (reserving 1/2 cup fat), and crumble.
  • Cook onion and celery in bacon fat until just tender. Blend in flour, sugar, salt, celery seed, and pepper to taste.
  • Add vinegar and water.
  • Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.
  • Add bacon and potatoes; heat thoroughly, tossing lightly so as not to break up the potato slices.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • Served warm or chilled, but you taste the bacon fat a bit more when it’s chilled.