German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer

Recipe by diner524
READY IN: 25mins


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.