Gigantic potato pancakes

June  7, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

I live in Upstate New York, and every public event that I've been to so far had these pancakes. Starting with infamous New York State Fair and ending at a Food Tent during our elementary school 5K run, there is always going to be an electric griddle, buckets of grated potatoes, divine smell of fried potato and onion in the air, and a line of people waiting for their pancakes. They are always served on a large paper plate, with a generous mound of sour cream, or apple sauce, or both. Nothing fancy, just a comforting snack (or an entire meal!) that is oh-so-delicious! —Ausra

What You'll Need
  • 4 largeYukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • black pepper
  • sour cream or apple sauce for serving
  1. Grate potatoes and onion using the largest holes of your box grater
  2. Add flour, salt and pepper to potato and onion mixture
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet or on an electric griddle set on a high setting
  4. when oil is hot, place half of the potato pancake batter onto the hot pan, flatten with the spatula to form a large pancake, and cook undisturbed until the edges and the bottom of the pancake turn deep brown and crisp
  5. Gently flip the pancake using a wide spatula. Cook the other side until nice and crisp.
  6. Slide the pancake onto a plate. Serve with plenty of sour cream or/and apple sauce.

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4 Reviews

J3_Dog February 13, 2012
My mother used to make these years ago, when I was a child. There we're 8 of us children. We would grate potatoes, until our knuckles we're bleeding. I haven't had them in a while, but I do remember my mother either putting Garlic Powder/Salt in them. I do not know what the ratio was, but they we're Ohhh So Good, on a cold winter day, with a pat of butter on top. She couldn't get them cooked fast enough.
SKK August 6, 2011
Anything with potatoes should be giant!
suess June 7, 2011
These are like oversize potato latkes.
boulangere June 7, 2011
Never seen these as fair food, but potato and pancakes are two of the sweetest words ever to come together.