potato pancake recipe


Potato pancakes, also known as latkes, are a delicious and crispy treat that can be enjoyed as a side dish or a main course. Made from grated potatoes, onions, eggs, and flour, they are fried to golden perfection. Serve them with sour cream or applesauce for a traditional touch.


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


  1. Prepare the Potatoes and Onion:
  • Peel and grate the potatoes using a box grater or a food processor with a grating attachment.
  • Place the grated potatoes in a bowl of cold water to prevent them from browning.
  • Grate the onion and set it aside.
  1. Drain and Dry the Potatoes:
  • Drain the grated potatoes using a colander, then place them in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. This step is crucial for achieving crispy pancakes.
  1. Combine Ingredients:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes, grated onion, eggs, flour, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  1. Heat the Oil:
  • In a large skillet, heat about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. The oil is ready when a small drop of the potato mixture sizzles immediately upon contact.
  1. Fry the Pancakes:
  • Using a spoon or your hands, scoop a small amount of the potato mixture (about 2 tablespoons) and flatten it into a pancake shape. Carefully place it into the hot oil.
  • Fry the pancakes in batches, ensuring not to overcrowd the pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Transfer the fried pancakes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the potato pancakes hot with sour cream or applesauce on the side.

Enjoy your delicious homemade potato pancakes!

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