Warm German Potato Salad Recipe

After a hot and windy October, rain has settled in on the North Dakota prairie. Time for a new recipe of Warm German Potato Salad which is the ninth recipe I have made from the Gooseberry Patch Comfort Foods cookbook. I’ll share one more recipe in the next week and then will be giving away a copy of the cookbook to one reader.
The corner of the North Dakota prairie we live on was settled primarily by Germans from Russia. The culture is very much preserved and alive. The food traditions live on and I was reminded that today at our church potluck. Cabbage rolls, strudels, pigs in a blanket, cheese buttons, kuchen and more were all brought by parishioners. I don’t know how to cook or bake any of the traditional German Russian recipes. I suppose I will learn soon. I am going to. I will learn. I promise. I think it’s important to carry on tradition for my kids. I know the traditional recipes won’t be as easy of a recipe as Warm German Potato Salad is though. 
I served the potato salad recipe with cheddar venison brats and some fruit salad. It was a big hit at our house. 
Start with:
3/4 lb. bacon, diced
2 T. onion, diced
2 T. vinegar
3/4 cup mayonnaise
8 potatoes, cooked and thickly sliced
6 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and chopped

I almost always have red potatoes because that is what is grown in North Dakota. However these Yukon Gold potatoes were dug from our garden this year and taste like butter to me. Simply divine.

 In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon and onion until bacon is crisp.

I cooked extra bacon and onion because I’m a bacon and onion kinda girl. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup drippings.

 Add vinegar and mayonnaise to drippings, stir until blended.

 Stir in potatoes and eggs; toss lightly. Serve warm. (Leftovers cold is great also.)

In the midst of my not paying attention or maybe it was a little too much help in the kitchen from a 2 year old and a 3 year old, I failed to add the boiled eggs. After visiting egg laying barns and seeing eggs go from the chicken to the grocery store this summer on a client and work related trip, I feel like I let the chickens down on this recipe.

Hopefully these girls forgive me and I will never forget to add the eggs again. You can actually watch JS West’s chickens live on their Hens Live camera and please send them my apologies for leaving behind 6 boiled eggs on this recipe. But they’ll make a great breakfast tomorrow for my kids.

I might not be an authentic German from Russia prairie cook but the new recipe of Warm German Potato Salad impressed the biggest fan of my cooking, our 14 year old hungry like a pack of wolves son. This is going into the routine of recipes I will make again and hopefully it counts as my first German recipe, authenticating me as a true prairie woman. 

Tomorrow for Hunk of Meat Monday my friend Al is going to share with us a new wild game recipe. I’m not sure if it’s going to be duck, goose, pheasant or venison but I know it will be yummy so be sure to come back for a new recipe.

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out www.realfarmwivesofamerica.com .
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  1. This type of potato salad is made around here in my central Kentucky area. It is yummy for sure.

  2. Oh, I haven’t had a warm german potato salad since I lived near a VERY authentic German restaurant in Evansville, Indiana. I’ll HAVE to try this one out!

  3. Just made this for dinner….HEAVEN! Especially w/ extra bacon 🙂

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