German Potato Salad

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


A hearty German potato salad like this one makes an ideal accompaniment for smoked brisket. The dish is a legacy of German immigrants who settled in Central Texas. We featured it in our special Texas issue (June/July 2009).


  • 2 14 lb. waxy potatoes, such as red new potatoes
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 strips bacon, chopped
  • 12 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 34 cup chicken broth
  • 13 cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 12 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Put potatoes into a 4-qt. saucepan; cover with salted water by 1". Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until potatoes are tender, 20–25 minutes. Drain; transfer to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap to keep warm.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat until crisp, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel; set aside. Reduce heat to medium and add onions; cook, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, for 45 seconds. Add broth, wine, mustard, and sugar. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly; set aside.

Step 3

Peel potatoes and cut into thick slices; transfer to a bowl. Pour in broth mixture, add parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Garnish with reserved bacon and parsley.

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