Granddaddy’s Favorite German Potato Pancakes

Granddaddy’s Favorite German Potato Pancakes! Recipe


  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


Prepare Potatoes and Onion:

  1. Peel the russet potatoes and grate them using a box grater or food processor. Place the grated potatoes in a large bowl.
  2. Grate the small onion and add it to the bowl with the grated potatoes.

Combine Ingredients: 3. In the bowl with the grated potatoes and onion, add the beaten eggs, all-purpose flour, salt, and black pepper. Mix everything together until well combined.

Heat Oil: 4. In a large skillet or frying pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Ensure there’s enough oil to generously cover the bottom of the pan.

Fry Potato Pancakes: 5. Once the oil is hot, spoon the potato mixture into the skillet, forming pancakes that are about 3-4 inches in diameter. Flatten the pancakes slightly with the back of a spoon. 6. Cook the potato pancakes for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Adjust the heat as necessary to prevent burning.

Drain and Serve: 7. Once the potato pancakes are cooked to your liking, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. 8. Serve the German potato pancakes hot, with your choice of toppings such as applesauce, sour cream, or a sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs.

Enjoy these delicious German potato pancakes as a side dish or appetizer, embracing the crispy, savory goodness that’s been cherished through generations. Whether paired with a hearty meal or savored as a standalone snack, they are sure to evoke fond memories and become a beloved tradition in your own culinary repertoire.

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