This hot German potato salad recipe makes an ideal summer side dish. Guests will flip for the tangy coarse Dijon apple cider vinegar dressing, along with the crispy fried bacon bits. Serve it hot, warm, or cold at your next cookout!
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Hot German Potato Salad
School’s out, soccer tryouts are in the books (successfully, yay!), and we’ve got one more day to go in our community garage sale — and then I am D-O-N-E, DONE. It’s been a hectic few weeks, but I’m looking forward to hauling everything that doesn’t sell to the donate drop-off, followed by a cookout with friends to celebrate the start of summer!
LOW KEY is the theme for this gathering, because frankly, I have zero bandwidth for anything else at this point. We’re talking grilled brats, my favorite German potato salad, and maybe I’ll ask my girls to make some of these individual veggie cups that are always a hit. Beyond that, I’ll pick up some beer and, perhaps, a pound cake and fresh berries for dessert and call it a day.
Smithfield Brats + Yuengling Lager
The key to keeping a simple menu fresh and exciting is always in the details. In this case, we opted to pick up several packages of Smithfield® Yuengling® Traditional Lager Bratwurst and, of course, several 6-packs of Yuengling® Traditional Lager to pair with them…
I mean, they go hand-in-hand, right? Each delicious Smithfield brat is made with premium cuts of pork and a special blend of sweet and savory spices, then infused with real Yuengling Traditional Lager. A cold bottle of Yuengling Traditional Lager to wash them down is practically a requirement. I love them, because you can forget about boiling them in beer before grilling them. Toss these babies right on the grill, and they come out juicy and flavorful every time!
Wanna try them for yourself? Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst are available at your local Kroger. I always find them in the freezer case, but be sure to check the meat case as well.
Hot, Warm, or Cold German Potato Salad?
Let’s switch gears for just a moment to the German potato salad I mentioned. You’re definitely going to want to try this amazing summer side dish!
There’s a bit of debate over whether German potato salad should be served hot, warm, or cold, but I say go with what works. Hot German potato salad is totally amazing, but it’s often not practical to keep it hot at a gathering. If you have access to an outlet, a slow cooker does the trick well. But if not, it’s still totally delicious warm or cold. And since there’s no mayo in it, you don’t need to worry about spoilage in the summer heat like you do with an American-style potato salad.
Old-Fashioned German Potato Salad Recipe
Never had old-fashioned German potato salad? Oh, boy, are you in for a treat… Known as Kartoffelsalat in German (or as my Hungarian great-grandmother would have called it, Krumplisalata), it’s a slightly sweet fried potato salad with a bit of tang from apple cider vinegar and coarse ground Dijon mustard. Oh, and did I mention it’s filled with BACON?! Because it is — lots and lots of crispy fried bacon pieces. How can you go wrong with that?
If the bacon didn’t get your attention, maybe learning just how easy it is to make will. Let’s start with the fact that you don’t even need to peel the potatoes. Just boil a pot of red potatoes, drain them, and let them sit until they’ve cooled just enough that you can handle slicing them into bite size chunks without burning your fingers off. The dressing can be prepared while the potatoes are cooking, and it’s simply a mixture of diced cooked bacon, diced onions cooked in the remaining bacon fat, some apple cider vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper.
The still warm cooked potatoes get tossed with the hot bacon dressing, which helps them soak up all of that yummy flavor. Add in a healthy dose of chopped fresh parsley for subtle flavor and a pop of color, and it’s ready to serve! I’m telling you, this German potato salad recipe really could not be simpler to prepare, and I highly recommend doubling it, because it definitely will not last.
The combination of this warm German potato salad and Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst, paired with the subtle sweet caramel flavor of an icy cold Yuengling Traditional Lager will knock your next cookout out of the park. There’s only one way it could get any better… And that’s if you have a few extra minutes to make these Yuengling caramelized onions I shared last year. Prost!
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P.S. Don’t for one second think that this German potato salad is only for making during the summer. It’s a delicious side year round! Especially with these slow cooker pork chops and sauerkraut for New Year’s Day…
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