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Grandma Till’S German Potato Salad

-Submitted by Theresa Till (Be aware that I have never seen a recipe for this dish but watched Mom Till make it several times over the years and am going by memory). Mom Till said that I knew how to make it last time I was in Quincy… what a compliment! Thanks Mom for teaching me how to make one of your and Terry’s favorite dishes!!

Serves 10people
lb white potatoes
lb bacon
1 1/2
cup finely chopped onion
cup cider vinegar
cup sugar
tsp salt (about 1 tsp sprinkled over cooked potatoes when layering and 1 tsp in vinegar/sugar mixture) Add according to taste. FYI: Potatoes generally need salt
thickening (3 t flour and 1/3 cup water)
Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with enough cold water to extend 2 inches above the surface of the potatoes. Salt the water and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork or knife, about 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t overcook or potatoes get mushy. Drain and remove potato skins. Slice into 1/4-inch rounds. No need to be perfect. Some will break up and that is fine.
Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once crisp, place on a paper towel-lined plate and crumble into small pieces. Keep about ½ cup bacon fat in the same skillet. Save the rest of the bacon fat in case you need it for flavor later. Turn the heat to medium and add the onions and celery and heat until vegetables are slightly cooked but not mushy…about 3 minutes.
Whisk in water, vinegar, sugar, and 1 tsp salt into the skillet with onions and celery and stir until bubbly. To thicken this mixture, add about 3 tablespoons of flour to 1/3 cup water and gradually add this flour mixture to the hot bubbly vinegar, sugar, onion, etc. mixture to thicken it to a thin gravy consistency.
Alternate 4 layers in a very large bowl: 1) one layer of sliced, cooked potatoes 2) sprinkle some salt over potatoes, 3) crumbled bacon, 4) thickened vinegar, sugar, onion etc. mixture and repeat several times in the bowl until all the ingredients are used. Best if served warm. Enjoy and think of Grandma Loretta Till!

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