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Potato Pancakes Recipe

Potato Pancakes are what I think of for Good Friday since this was one of my mom’s go to recipes during Lent.

Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes

Step 1

Mix the potatoes, onions, egg, milk and flour together.

Step 2

In large skillet, add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat on medium.

Step 3

When the oil is hot, spoon mixture into round patties, being sure to give enough room to keep the patties separated. Cook on medium to medium high heat. When bottom is browned, flip and continue cooking until crispy and light brown.

Note: Do not cook on high heat, you will get a browned pancake with an uncooked center.

Step 4

Remove when browned and place on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Step 5

Serve with Grape Jelly or Ketchup, or serve as a side to your dinner instead of baked potatoes or fries.


Potato Pancake (Original Version)

Step 1

Mix together. Fry in oil. Serve with grape jelly, fruit preserves, or sour cream.

Step 2

Note: As you can see from above, the “mix together”, really did not mean mix the grape jelly into the potatoes. Also I’ve increased the flour and added milk.

The recipe comes from my Grandma and I’m guessing it is Polish, although I don’t think the grape jelly was a typical polish accompaniment. But, maybe it is?

Either way, super easy and delicious recipe, you will love this breakfast, lunch or dinner. I’ve modified it to make it quicker and easier to make. You can see my grandma’s original recipe below.

My sister also found a recipe card from my mom for this recipe. Just so you know, this was a common way my mom wrote the recipe cards. Just the ingredients and no instructions.

Potato Pancakes Recipe Card
Potato Pancakes Recipe Card

As you can see from above, the “mix together”, really did not mean mix the grape jelly into the potatoes, and I’ve increased the flour and added milk.

Helpful Hints

My friend Jay commented on my request to see how others make their potato pancakes. If you want to make the pancakes from fresh potatoes like my grandma’s recipe above, his comments are very useful:

You want to know how I make ’em for Hanukkah? No milk. Onion, Potato, a tbsp or two of flour and one egg. Pan fry in peanut oil. I like to make a batch of Idaho potato and a batch of sweet potato. I use the shredder attachment on my CuisineArt – saves a lot of time. And I alternate shredding potato and onion which keeps the potato from oxidizing. I place the shredded potato/onions in cheese cloth and squeeze the crap out of it to get out as much moisture as possible. I squeeze the liquid into a bowl and pour it off then put the starch from the bottom back into the mix. Add the flour and egg and mix. Then use a couple tablespoons to form the pancakes as I add them to the pan. I keep my oven at 200 and place the cooked pancakes onto a cookie sheet between layers of paper towels. Serve with applesauce or (my favorite) sour cream. Oh almost forgot, salt and pepper the mix. Don’t be shy on the salt.



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