German Potato Pancakes

Happy New Year!!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We celebrated Christmas with family in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Tomorrow it’s back to work, but we had a great break. Like many people, I ate a few too many cookies and pieces of country ham, so the next few months I will probably keep it pretty healthy on the blog. In the meantime I have a few recipes I made last month that I wanted to share.

Taylor’s class did a unit studying different celebrations around the world. Her group had Hanukkah and she kept telling me that she wanted to have Latkes. As far as I know they are the same thing as the German Potato Pancakes I grew up eating so I gladly obliged. These were probably without a doubt one of my favorite foods growing up. Trader Joe’s has pretty good Latkes in their frozen foods section, but these are still way better and sooo easy.

I will write the recipe like my mom wrote it and you can decide for yourself how much oil you want to fry them in. I got away with a few tablespoons of olive oil this time and without being able to do a side by side comparison I thought they still tasted perfect lightened up a bit.

If you have never had German Potato Pancakes before you need to make these – they will become a favorite side dish for sure. The edges get nice and crispy and the centers have a potato cake consistency. The onions add some flavor along with a little salt and pepper. Some people like to eat them with apple sauce but I have never understood that flavor combo. I love them topped with sour cream and chives, but — not so healthy.

You will definitely want to make sure that you get as much moisture out of the potatoes as possible. Don’t skip the step of wringing them out in the tea towel or your mixture will be runny. Other than that, these are a snap to whip (and fry) up.


German Potato Pancakes
Recipe type: Side
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 2 eggs - well beaten
  • 1½ Tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • grated onion (1/2 to 1 cup or to taste)
  1. Peel and grate potatoes coarsely. Drain quickly and wring out using a tea towel.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and then drop by spoonfuls into ¼" of hot oil (you can use less if you want to lighten them up a bit.) Brown on both sides.
  3. Drain on paper towels keep hot in oven.

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  1. Words Of Deliciousness says:

    I hope your holidays were wonderful.
    Your potato pancakes look delicious.

  2. These potato pancakes look very delicious. I can’t stop their crispy surfaces…I would prefer to forget about any new year resolution and enjoy these pancakes as much as I can. *drooling*

  3. Fried potatoes are very tasty and these sound even better. You can’t beat a potato dish can you?
    Glad to hear you had a good holiday. I’m back to work tomorrow as well – back to normality 🙂

  4. These look great. I’m going to try keep it a bit lighter on my blog this month too!

  5. Love how crispy yours look. Happy New Year!

  6. So golden brown and crispy, they look absolutely delicious! Happy New Year!

  7. I find this is great with some leftover mashed potatoes or hashbrowns as well! One of my favourites!

  8. Brooke Becker says:

    I found you via the Strut Your Stuff hop & am a new follower.

    There is a great German place I get potato pancakes at in Myrtle Beach – I will have to try this recipe to make some of my own. YUM.


  9. Sixsistersstuff says:

    The German Potato Pancakes look so yummy. Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more recipes. -The Sisters


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