German Potato Salad for Heritage #SundaySupper

by Renee on June 3, 2012

German Potato Salad

Today we are celebrating family heritage. We being the fabulous group of food and wine bloggers in the Sunday Supper Movement. Our mission is to bring back Sunday Supper around the family table. The movement was started last fall by Isabel, Family Foodie. She was tweeting about family and food on Sundays. The enthusiasm spread and the #SundaySupper hashtag began appearing in tweets from people all over the world. It also caught the attention of a lot of food bloggers including myself.

The number of tweets and people joining in increased every week. Isabel organized events and has done a great job in coordinating them. When she asked if I would like to host an event, my immediate answer was yes! I knew exactly what the theme would be: Celebrating Family Heritage. My family always celebrated our German heritage with food. The same happens in households world-wide. It is very apparent people want to share their family history, stories, traditions, and recipes. The recipe I am sharing today is one from my Oma, Hildegard Pohl:

Hildegard Pohl

I only saw my Oma a few times. She was in Germany and so visits were not that often. I never cooked with her and honestly I do not remember her cooking. My mom said she was a good cook. She worked in a kitchen during the war in order to provide food for the family while my Opa was away in the military. Since my mom is the one who kept the recipe going, I asked her to come over and make it with me. I had her beside me to check each step along the way. I put her to work peeling the potatoes:

Mom peeling potatoes for German Potato Salad

It was a great time to talk about Oma. I learned more about her and the recipe. I found out Oma would alter it and add apples or fish or whatever extra she had on hand and needed to use. I wondered about all the different variations she must have made. I have only had it one way. It does make me consider changing it up. Then again, I do want to keep it the same because it really is my favorite potato salad. It is just right. The vinegar and cooked onions take it to another level. Oh, and there is bacon in it too. Yes, bacon. Mmmm.

The recipes for this event are incredible. The heritages represented reach across the globe. The diversity makes it even more exciting. Every time I see the list I get hungry. I cannot wait to read the stories behind each recipe. I invite you to visit each blog and find out more about them. The journey is only a click away…

Join in the Sunday Supper conversation. Follow the hashtag #SundaySupper on twitter and tweet your own recipes and food photos with it. Check out the Pinterest board too.

What is your heritage? How do you celebrate it? I would love to know how your family preserves its history. Hopefully one way is around the family table.

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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

  • 8 small to medium-sized russet potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon (regular slice thickness)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle cubes
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, cover potatoes with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to continue to lightly boil until potatoes are cooked but not too soft. (About 25 to 30 minutes after it initially starts boiling). Check doneness with a fork or knife. Drain potatoes in a colander and run cold water over them to cool them down and make them easier to handle (they will be hot so be careful). Peel and cut potatoes into bite-sized chunks and place them in a large bowl or back in the pot.

While the potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon in a skillet until brown and crispy. Remove bacon and chop into small pieces. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the skillet. Add the diced onion to the skillet and saute until translucent. Pour the vinegar over the onions and cook for a few minutes to deglaze the skillet. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet while deglazing.

Pour the onions over the potato chunks. Add the diced eggs, pickle cubes, mustard, and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Stir gently to combine without mashing or breaking up the potatoes. Add additional mayonnaise if needed. Add salt, pepper, or more vinegar to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Susan June 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

What a beautiful story about your Oma Renee! I feel the same about my Bubbe, but I never had the opportunity to know her. I only heard the stories from my mom about HER learning to cook from Bubbe. However, the traditional do end up carrying on.

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Thanks Susan! Cooking the recipes of our grandparents and great-grandparents really do connect us with the past and keep the memories of them alive.

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Pam @ The Meltaways June 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

Wow – this is such a different recipe from what I had always seen touted as a German Potato Salad and sounds delicious! I love the pictures and the story behind it all. Thank you so much for hosting this week!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Thank you Pam! There are many variations of German potato salad. It depends on the region just as so many American dishes are different.

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Liz June 3, 2012 at 8:07 am

Both my father and FIL have strong German heritage…and they’d both love this potato salad! You’ve done a marvelous job with this week’s Sunday Supper!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thanks Liz!

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina June 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

One of my favorite foods in the world is german potato salad. This looks absolutely amazing!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thank Jen! You know I am kinda partial to it too. (wink, smile)

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Eileen Gross | WineEveryday June 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

This looks like a meal in its self! Traditional potato salad is not one of my specialties, too often it comes out like mashed potatoes :( . I’ll try this and see how I do….
Thanks for sharing & congratulations on a great #SundaySupper!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Just remember not to cook the potatoes too long. A fork or knife should go through them but still have some firmness. Good luck with your next potato salad.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

I really enjoyed reading your post. And I’m absolutely loving all the flavors in this. Thank you hosting this week’s #SundaySupper. It’s amazing!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Thank you!

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sunithi June 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

Love potato salad & this looks like a nice twist to the usual. Will make it for my next cook out :) Thanks for hosting … Awesome job Renee !

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Thanks! Yes, it is a great potato salad for a cookout. Thank you for participating in the event. Your Indian dessert sounds so creamy and delicious.

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) June 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

What a nice potato salad…and love how dishes are passed down. I want to learn to make my Great Gramma’s homemade bread this fall…she lived to be 101, and her bread/rolls are legendary in my family!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Wow, 101 – that is a long life. Please do make her bread and be sure to pass on the recipe.

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amy @ fearless homemaker June 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

what a fantastic #SundaySupper + i love your Oma’s german potato salad. looks + sounds wonderful!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Amy! This event has been so much fun. What an incredible list of recipes and stories.

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Soni June 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Love your potato salad and nice to learn a bit more about you :)The flavors in this salad are wonderful especially the addition of bacon!Yumm..

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Oh yes, bacon! What would we do without it?

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Samantha @FerraroKitchen June 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I love Oma! And this potato salad looks amazing…just fab!! I am loving this #SundaySupper…making my way around the table now :)

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Samantha!

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Conni @MrsMamaHen June 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

What a beautiful post. I miss both of my Omas so dearly. Enjoying their recipes keeps them close to my heart, and always tugs at me a little bit when I make them. Thank you for sharing this Sunday Supper story.

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Conni! I had a great time going through old photos to pick one for the post. I can tell I will be spending more time scanning in the old photos to save electronically.

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Alaiyo June 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I too enjoyed seeing your post and pictures. This is the second blog that has shown family photos along with the recipes. I’m loving these posts and recipes.

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

The old photos in the heritage posts are wonderful. Some of the posts brought tears to my eyes they were so touching.

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Crystal June 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Potato Salad recipes intrigue me. With mustard or without, with vinegar or without, with mayo…. You seem to combine all possibilities here, very interesting! I’ve already pinned this and plan to try it in the future, thanks!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thanks Crystal! Let me know how it turns out if you make it.

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Carla June 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I love German Potato Salad! And I love your story. Thanks for being an awesome host and putting together this awesome #SundaySupper.

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thanks Carla!

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Joy Vogel-Lahti (@joyskitchen) June 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Thank you for reminding me of one of my fave ways to make potato salad growing up! The only difference was we used dills instead of sweet pickles and added horseradish – YUM now I want to make this tomorrow night !

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I am sure dill pickle cubes would work just fine in this salad. Interesting about adding horseradish…I have not had a potato salad with horseradish yet. Now you have me curious.

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Family Foodie June 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

What a wonderful event you hosted Renee! Thank you for sharing a little part of yourself with all of us this week during #SundaySupper!

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Thanks Isabel! It was a great pleasure to host the event. We have a wonderful team of bloggers behind #SundaySupper.

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Suzi June 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

What a lovely post and the salad looks wonderful. Congrats on he Top 9 as well.

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Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Thanks Suzi!

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Vicky June 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

That’s a great story about your Oma and the potato salad looks wonderful. I love that you can use apples, bacon or whatever you have on had. Congrats on the top 9!

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Renee June 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

Thank you Vicky!

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Katy June 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

This potato salad looks wonderful and this was such a fabulous theme. I love the story about your Oma. Food really does nourish strong family ties.

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Renee June 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

Thanks Katy! I totally agree. Food plays such a big part in family ties.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry June 6, 2012 at 1:56 am

I love this potato salad!!! Especially because of the bacon! I love looking at the old photos for the heritage themed #SundaySupper. It makes me wish I had more for myself. I may start collecting them from other family members. Such a lovely story of your Oma, Renee!

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Renee June 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

Thanks Lyn! I was lucky that my mom had taken the time to make photo albums. Now I just need to take the time to scan all of them in.

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Patti June 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Great recipe Renee! I love potato salad when it’s first made, at room temp! I could eat that whole bowl!

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Renee June 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

I agree! It is best when it is first made. However, I have been known to dive in with my fork on the refrigerated leftovers.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal June 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I love a good potato salad. Great job hosting this week!!

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Renee June 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

Thanks Lane!

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Kim Bee June 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I love recipes like this. It’s so cool to see our history linked to what we eat. Some of my best memories revolve around food. Great photo of your Oma!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Thanks Kim!

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Bill Brikiatis June 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I think it’s a great idea to have an event like this to celebrate your family heritage. I was surprised that fish would be included with German Potato salad. Would that be pickled fish? My heritage would be Greek and we still make roast lamb with potatoes frequently. Most of the other recipes have been lost.

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Renee June 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Yes, I believe my mom said my Oma would add pickled herring or some other typed of fish or pickled fish.

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Kathy Hellyer July 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

I make the absolute best potato salad. My mom’s recipe.

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Renee July 12, 2014 at 6:22 am

Please send me the recipe Kathy (my email is on the about page). I like to try all kinds of potato salad.

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