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Potato Pancakes

March 5, 2012

I had a request for a potato pancake recipe, so here it is! I made these tonight for dinner and they were a huge hit with the fam. They reminded us of eating at German markets when we lived overseas. Thanks to my father-in-law for sharing the family recipe!

1 lb. russet potatoes (about 2 medium or 3 small)
1/2 white onion, grated
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4-inch canola oil, for frying


  • Peel and grate potatoes.
  • Place grated potatoes in a clean dishcloth (or cheesecloth) and squeeze out all liquid into a bowl.
  • Let the liquid stand a few minutes, then drain the liquid, leaving only potato starch at bottom of  bowl.
  • Add shredded potatoes to potato starch.
  • Add grated onion to potatoes.
  • Add salt, pepper, nutmeg, flour and egg.
  • Mix thoroughly with a fork.
  • Heat oil in frying pan.
  • Drop potato mixture, 2 heaping Tablespoons at a time, into hot oil and flatten with the back of a spoon.
  • Fry 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve hot, topped with applesauce or sour cream
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