Slow-Cooker German Potato Salad



  • 1/2 lb bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped onions (about 3 medium)
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped celery (about 5 medium stalks)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 lb small red potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook bacon in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until brown and crisp; remove from skillet with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Cook onions and celery in bacon drippings 5 to 8 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender. Sprinkle with salt, celery seed and pepper. Cover and refrigerate bacon.
  2. Layer half each of the potatoes and onion mixture in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Repeat layers. Pour broth over top.
  3. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Remove potatoes from cooker, using slotted spoon. Mix sugar, cornstarch and vinegar in small bowl; stir into liquid in cooker. Stir in bacon. Gently fold in potatoes. Increase heat setting to High. Cover and cook 20 to 30 minutes or until potatoes have thickened. Sprinkle with parsley. Potato salad will hold on Low heat setting up to 2 hours; stir occasionally.

Expert Tips

  • Sweet-and-sour is a popular flavor blend in German cooking. It’s what makes German potato salad “German.”
  • Add a bit of zip—let smoked peppered bacon stand in for the regular version.
  • This potato salad is a fantastic accompaniment to Bavarian-Style Beef Roast and Sauerkraut.

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