Great Grandma’s German Potato Salad

I’ve tried my fair share of potato salads over the years at picnics, parties, and family functions. They always look so delicious, but every time I take a bite, I’m disappointed. The problem is, I’m not much of a mayo fan. I attribute it to a bad tuna sandwich I ate as a kid that I never got over.  I haven’t been able to find one that I liked until I came across this recipe that was my great-grandmother’s! It’s tangy, it’s creamy, it’s full of bacon, and it’s mayonnaise free! It’s also really filling and since it’s served warm, it pairs perfectly with a protein and a green veggie for dinner. Great-grandma peeled, boiled, and then sliced her potatoes into thin circles. That seemed pickier than I felt like messing with so I chopped mine into cubes and ended up with a side dish with the same flavor profile, with pieces that were a little easier for kids to pick up with a fork! 

Great Grandma's German Potato Salad

This tangy potato salad is served warm and studded with bacon.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 6


  • 3 1/2 lbs red skinned potatoes peeled and cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 lb bacon diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • chopped fresh parsley to garnish


  • Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender. Drain and set aside to keep warm.
  • While potatoes cook, fry diced bacon in a large skillet until crisp but not burned. Remove bacon pieces to a paper towel to drain and set aside. Empty grease from skillet, reserving about 1 tbsp.
  • Cook chopped onion in reserved bacon grease over medium heat until translucent.
  • Add butter to skillet and melt.
  • Sprinkle with flour and stir to coat onions. Cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add in vinegar and stir constantly until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.
  • Place warm potatoes in a large serving bowl and dump mixture over top. Toss gently to coat.
  • Stir in chopped parsley and crisp cooked bacon just before serving. Taste for salt and pepper and serve warm. Sprinkle top with additional bacon if desired.
Keyword bacon, onions, potatoes, sour cream

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