German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer

March 18, 2015
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  • Makes 8 pancakes
Author Notes

Potato pancakes are associated with cuisines of many European countries but either they were not so popular in Bosnia or my mom didn't care to make them. Hence, I had my first Kartofellpuffer (a.k.a. Reibekuchen) when I moved to Germany. I was hooked.
Potato pancakes or if you will latkes, placki, and boxty are an ideal breakfast, main and side dish traditionally popular among Jewish, Polish, and Irish population. —Jas

What You'll Need
  • 4 (ca. 1 1/2 lbs) starchy potatoes, like Idaho or Russet
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • sour cream
  • apple sauce
  1. Peel, wash, and grate potatoes using a hand grater or food processor with a shredding blade. Peel the onion, grate and add to the potatoes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg, flour, salt and pepper. Fold in the potato mixture. Fry immediately. Preparing this step ahead of time is not recommended. Potatoes oxidize and salt will pull moisture out of your potatoes and onions, leaving you with brown and soggy pancakes.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. For each pancake, drop two tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet, flattening each mound with a spatula. Fry about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crisp.
  4. Remove pancakes with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels until oil is absorbed. Best served hot or at room temperature topped with sour cream or apple sauce sprinkled with cinnamon.

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2 Reviews

nancy E. November 8, 2015
This is the perfect, no nonsense potato pancake recipe. Only would add lard for frying
Jas November 8, 2015
Thank you, Nancy! :)