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Family Recipes: Sweet and Savory German Potato Salad

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Okonomiyaki potato salad

Growing up, I remember my mom making German Potato Salad for every picnic and potluck. She said the dish had been a favorite of her father’s and making it reminded her of him. I like to make German Potato Salad because it’s simple, keeps for much longer than egg and mayo-based potato salads, and has a sharp, vinegary taste that I love.

Now that it’s my turn to make the dish, I like to add my own twist. I still follow the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that my mom cooked out of, but I’ve adapted the recipe to include OtaJoy’s Original Sweet and Savory Sauce.

- Elizabeth, Sales and Marketing


(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens: New Cookbook, 10th Edition)

Servings: 4-6


4 large potatoes

4 tablespoons of OtaJoy Sweet and Savory Sauce

4 tablespoons of sugar

3-4 tablespoons of flour

1 teaspoon of celery seed

3 teaspoons of salt

½ teaspoon of pepper

1 ½ - 2 cups of water

1 cup of vinegar (for this recipe, we used Otafuku namasu vinegar)

8 slices of bacon or pork belly

1 ½ - 2 cups of onion, chopped



In a large pot, boil potatoes until soft. Drain and set aside. Cook bacon until crispy; remove and add chopped onions to bacon grease. Sauté onions until soft and fragrant. Add dry spices and Sweet and Savory Sauce and stir, then add water and vinegar. Cook until sauce thickens. When potatoes are cool enough to touch, cut into quarter slices. Crumble bacon and add to sauce along with potatoes and stir until thoroughly coated.

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