Fried Potato Pancakes

"This recipe was found in one of my first cookbooks,The Good housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook printed back in 1980. I've altered it a bit since then.You can also grate the spuds and onion in a Cuisinart, but the hand grating makes them a little creamier. I also prefer the electric frying pan for more even cooking.My daughter adores these! I usually serve them with some beef tenderloin pieces and fresh pineapple on the side."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
14-16 pancakes




  • Into shallow dish,grate potatoes and onion adding them to a bowl of cold water as you grate.
  • You can let them soak in the fridge for a while or get right to work.
  • In a colander lined with cheesecloth,drain shredded potatoes and onion.
  • Wrap potatoes in cheesecloth and squeeze out as much water as possible.
  • (someone with bigs hands is good for this job!) In same large bowl beat the eggs.
  • add the potato-onion mixture, flour,salt,pepper and baking powder.
  • Mix well.
  • In non-stick skillet or electric skillet heat oil to cover surface.
  • (too much oil will make very greasy pancakes) Drop in mixture by 1/3 cupfuls,and flatten with fork or spatula.
  • Fry until golden brown and set, then flip and fry until browned on the other side.
  • Remove pancakes to a paper towel-lined cookie sheet,and keep warm until all pancakes are done.

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  1. I made these for brunch today and everyone loved them. I skipped the cold water step as well as squeezing out the excess water. As I doubled the recipe, I decided to reduce the salt, so I only used 1 1/2 tsp for a double batch. These were excellent and would recommend them for an easy brunch recipe. Thanks for the recipe.
  2. My first attempt at making a potato pancake and the results were fabulous. I never realize how easy it was to prepare these. The only change I made was to add about a cup of cheddar cheese. The pancakes were creamy on the inside and crispy on the out. My family really enjoyed these. Thanks Mep!
  3. I only had 3 potatoes left, so I only used 1 egg and stretched it with some grated cheddar. Delicious!
  4. A very good stand alone recipe as written and a great recipe to build on with other veggies such as peppers,mushrooms other root veggies.<br/>I used 2 carrots 1/4 cup red &green bell pepper mixed W/recipe and cut back on the salt used season salt and the potato cakes were wonderful will do this recipe again and again.
  5. I made these for lunch and they turned out well. I found the salt to be excessive but that is just personal taste.


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