Bacon gives this warm German potato salad recipe a boost of flavor. The vinegar and sugar dressing on this salad has the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
2 pounds red potatoes
1 teaspoon salt (for boiling potatoes)
12 ounces bacon
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (about 3 large cloves)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Scrub potatoes and cut any very large potatoes in half so that all potatoes are of approximately equal size. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Reduce heat and simmer potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender when stabbed with a fork. Drain water. Leaving potatoes in pot, return pot to still-hot (turned off) burner. Leave lid off of pot and allow potatoes to steam dry for a few minutes.
- Set a large pot over medium heat and use kitchen shears over pot to cut bacon strips into approximately 1-inch pieces. Cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until crispy. While bacon is cooking, cut potatoes into 1/2-inch thick slices. Cut any extremely large slices in half. Set aside. Once bacon is done, remove pot from stove and use a slotted spoon to remove bacon to a bowl while leaving bacon grease in the pot.
- To the bacon grease, slowly and carefully add vinegar, sugar, Dijon, salt, and pepper. Place the pot back on burner, bring mixture to a simmer, and stir for a couple of minutes. Stir the minced garlic into the mixture and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until garlic starts to turn light golden. Remove the pot from heat and toss in the sliced potatoes, gently mixing until potatoes have absorbed all of the liquid. Carefully fold in the cooked bacon pieces and chopped parsley. Transfer potato salad to a serving dish and serve hot or warm.