A few steps need to be observed to improve this recipe. First, grate the potato and rinse and drain. Force out as much water as possible, and dry with paper towels. This helps the mixture to hold together and become crisp. I like to rinse my potatoes in iced water, and then rinse with cool water until the starch is no longer clouding the water. Then add the other ingredients. If you don't mind a few caloies added, you can fry the pancakes in half oil and half shortening. This too helps them crisp up.