As the Culinary Gods Intended

I don’t know if it is my German heritage (I’m 1/2 German), but I love the food of Oktoberfest! One of the key participants is the ever-popular potato pancake.

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This is the second potato pancake recipe I’ve posted here. The first recipe I used to make a great sandwich – The Potato Pancake Reuben! These were just as the culinary gods intended, as a side dish for a German dinner.

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While the basic recipe is straight-forward (potatoes, flour and eggs) you could add so many things. I’ve heard of carrots, bacon and jalapeños. I kept mine traditional using a little onion.

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I used my food processor’s shredding blade to make quick work of the potatoes (after the long work of peeling them).

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Into the oil, getting nice and brown.

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Crunchy and tasty!

German Potato Pancakes

Prep Time: 25 Min | Cook Time: 6 Min | Makes: 6 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


In a large bowl, beat together eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Mix in potatoes and onion.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the potato mixture into the skillet. Press to flatten. Cook about 3 minutes on each side, until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Nutritional Info:

Amount Per Serving Calories: 283 | Total Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 70mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database


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Categories: appetizer, Fried, German, kosher, Oktoberfest, Recipes, Sidedish2, vegetable3, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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10 Comments on “As the Culinary Gods Intended”

  1. October 17, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    There must be a special culinary god just for these!


  2. October 17, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    YUM all crispy and delicious! They look perfectly golden brown!


  3. adbarnes2007
    October 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Thank you for doing a potato pancake! I’ve had some that are so soggy and greasy. This is definitely on my weekend To Do list : )


  4. October 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I glad you know about nomination. And I give you the link. It is a rule.


  5. October 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I really want to try these. I might add it to my roll of recipes this week.


  6. October 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Lived auf Deutschland for a year. and this is definitely up there with my most favourite-est German food, along with Currywurst and a good old Rahmschnitzel! Nom! Thanks for the recipe.


  7. October 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Definitely from the pantheon! Even better as served at many a fairground or market stall, just on their own with a good dollop of apple sauce on the side…


  8. October 18, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    you ever throw one of these badboys on a burger? i bet that would be awesome. so awesome, in fact, i might have to give it a try in the near future.


  9. October 28, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    Oh my goodness these look terrific. I cannot wait to try them!!



  10. February 4, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    I made the “Hungarian version” the other day of these potato pancakes, we call them tócsni here (funny strange name), they are actually the same, only difference is that I don’t use baking powder and add some paprika powder. Delicious with some ketchup or green salad!


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