Potato pancakes have to be one of the best ways you can prepare potatoes. They are perfectly seasoned with salt, pepper, and onion, and then fried to a perfect golden brown. You can serve these with applesauce and sour cream for a wonderful.
Growing up I knew it was a special meal when my Mom would make these. I can’t begin to tell you why I find these so delicious. I personally love hash browns, but these are so much better than hash browns. You don’t need to to to Perkins to enjoy these, you can make them from scratch. These famous pancakes have their origin in Eastern Europe. Many countries in Eastern Europe have their own variations of this classic dish.
The Polish version may be served with a meat sauce, sour cream, or even applesauce while the Czech version is often made with bread crumbs and seasoned with garlic. These are also a popular dish with Hanukkah, as they are made to help celebrate the holiday. It doesn’t really matter which culture you come from, I think you will find these to be very tasty.
I like to make mine with either Yukon Gold potatoes or Russet. I have made these with sweet potatoes, but I am a traditionalist when it comes to my potato pancakes. For this recipe I like to use white onions because I find them sweeter than the yellow variety. I don’t bother chopping the onion either, I simply use my greater to grate the onion. This saves me a little time in the preparation and grated onion works very well.
Potato Pancakes are a great way to use up mashed potatoes.
- 2 pounds potatoes
- 1/2 large onion
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- vegetable oil sour cream
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
Peel potatoes and then grate them. Place grated potatoes into a bowl filled with water. Grate onion and also place into a bowl with the potatoes. Soak the potatoes for about 5 minutes or so. Mix together flour and egg in a large bowl until well blended. Season flour mixture with black pepper and salt. Drain water from potatoes and squeeze potatoes dry with your hands.
Stir together flour mixture and potatoes until you have a uniform consistency. Heat a skillet to 350 degrees add a couple of teaspoons of oil. Make pancakes by taking about 1/4 cup of potato pancake mix and patting it out into the pan, cook until browned on one side, flip over, and then brown on the other side. This should take 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Serve with sour cream and applesauce.