Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe was passed down from my grandfather to my mother (and I assume someone passed it on to him.) While the grating and frying can be somewhat labor intensive, the results are great. Just make sure to get the oil to the right temperature. My mom can do this like a pro, but I have to admit I am still learning. ;) She also used to occasionally experiment with various additive


  1. Grate the potatoes.
  2. I do two on the very fine side and one on the coarser side for the best texture.
  3. They may turn brown.
  4. Squeeze out the excess liquid.
  5. Grate the onion on the finest side and add.
  6. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Heat a generous amount of oil (about a half inch deep) in a heavy skillet.
  8. Drop the mixture in by spoonfuls.
  9. The tops will get slightly drier and you will see browned edges.
  10. When this happens flip the pancakes CAREFULLY.
  11. Serve on their own, or with applesauce or sour cream.
Most Helpful

I topped these with fresh cracked black pepper and Vermont maple syrup. I still prefer Irish potato pancakes, but these were very nice for a change.

Mille® February 11, 2002

I loved this recipe! I made it for shrove Tuesday, for all of our employees (50 approx). Everyone loved these! Everyone likes different toppings, I prefer sugar, some like ketchup, some salt. Just like my German grandmother used to make!

spudgirl #1 February 18, 2010