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Historic German Potato Pancakes

Historic German Potato Pancakes

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This is a simple recipe — easy to make and very inexpensive. That is one of the reasons that it has been passed down in my family (on the German side) for generations. It was a fun way to stretch pennies when the budget was a little tight. You can “cheat” with a bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns, simply pulse them a little bit in your food processor to get the “fresh, shredded potato” texture. You can also add one finely diced green pepper — we used to call that “Tobie Taters” at my restaurant. Those are best served with sour cream…but some swear by apple sauce.

Potato pancake

German Potato Pancakes

5 Smart Points Per Serving

You will need:

  • 4 or 5 potatoes, (unpeeled, washed)
  • 1 egg
  • about 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • about 2 tbsp flour
  • butter or oil

Peel and cut up potatoes (about 4 cups) and put in blender. Add egg, onion, salt, and flour. Blend, stopping frequently to scrape down sides. Heat enough butter, oil, or mixture of butter and oil to coat bottom of fry pan. Keep on high heat. Drop spoonfuls of batter into pan, pressing down lightly with back of spoon to flatten pancakes. Fry until brown (about 3-4 minutes), flip over, and continue frying until cooked through and crispy brown. Serve with applesauce, sour cream or maple syrup.

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Historic German Potato Pancakes
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Dannelle
Ingredients
  • 4 or 5 potatoes, (unpeeled, washed)
  • 1 egg
  • about 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • about 2 tbsp flour
  • butter or oil
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut up potatoes (about 4 cups) and put in blender. Add egg, onion, salt, and flour. Blend, stopping frequently to scrape down sides. Heat enough butter, oil, or mixture of butter and oil to coat bottom of fry pan. Keep on high heat. Drop spoonfuls of batter into pan, pressing down lightly with back of spoon to flatten pancakes. Fry until brown (about 3-4 minutes), flip over, and continue frying until cooked through and crispy brown. Serve with applesauce, sour cream or maple syrup.
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