German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

Posting for ZWT 6 for Germany. Recipe states: German potato pancakes are a real treat and something Germans miss when they move away. Eating freshly made potato pancakes with applesauce in the out-of-doors at a weekly market or carnival is a wonderful way to do indulge. Now, you can also make them at home with this simple recipe for potato pancakes.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb potato (about 2 medium or 3 small Russets or other starchy potato)
  • 12 onion
  • 34-1 teaspoon salt (start with a lower amount, you can add salt at the table)
  • ground pepper
  • freshly ground nutmeg (optional and to taste)
  • 1 egg
  • oil (for frying)


  1. Peel and grate potatoes (or use frozen or refrigerated hashbrowns). Place the grated potatoes in a clean dishcloth or cheesecloth and squeeze the liquid out of them into a bowl. Let the liquid stand a few minutes, then drain the liquid, leaving potato starch at the bottom of the bowl. Add the potatoes.
  2. Grate the onion over the potatoes. Add dried onion flakes for part or all of the onion, if you like. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and egg. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan. You can use a non-stick pan and just a few drops of oil, if you wish, but for best results use 1/8 to 1/4 inch of oil.
  4. Using about 1/2 cup, drop the potato mixture into hot oil and flatten with the back of a spoon. Fry 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve hot with applesauce and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Most Helpful

5 5

Very good, very easy, and gluten free ( a dietary need for my daughter).

5 5

These were wonderful, enjoyed by all. I only wish I had double the recipe (ended up with 5 pancakes). I did use the optional nutmeg and felt the flavor suited the kartoffelpuffer very well. Made for ZWT6 Seasoned Sailor and his Sassy Sailors.

5 5

Very nice! I halved the recipe and enjoyed them. The nutmeg was nice. Thanks! Made for Best of 2010 game.