Mom’s Potato Pancakes

This is my Mom’s recipe for potato pancakes, they are a favorite of my Dads.

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  25 minutes

Yield: about 2 dozen


1/4 cup grapeseed oil or whatever oil you like to use for frying

5 medium white or yellow(yukon gold) potatoes peeled and grated- you can grate them using your food processor with the grating blade or just use a box grater.

1 small onion, peeled and grated- use same methods as above for grating-the onion is optional- my Mom doesn’t like to add onion but I do- they like the pure taste of the potatoes.

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or rosemary- which is also optional- these herbs go well with potatoes.

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic- which again is optional.

1/2 cup sour cream


1.  After you grate the potatoes and onions(if you use onions), set them in a strainer or colander and let the extra juices strain off.  Don’t leave the potatoes for too long after you have grated them, because the grated potatoes will discolor but their flavor won’t change, so don’t worry if they do discolor a little.  Mix the strained grated potatoes, flour, salt and pepper together.  Add the onion or garlic and herbs at this point if you are using them.

2.   Heat a large sized frying pan on medium high heat, then add the oil.  Take about 2 heaping tablespoons of the mixture and add it to the pan, flattening it out a little.  Don’t crowd them, make 4-5 at a time- it depends how big your frying pan is.  Cook until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes, then turn over and do the same on the other side.  Remove from the pan and put on a paper towel lined plate and put in a 250 degree F oven to keep warm while you cook the rest.

3.  When you are finished cooking them, serve with a dollop of sour cream.  Serve with whatever protein and vegetable you like.

Another option with these pancakes is to make them into appetizers.  You would need to make them smaller, about 1 tablespoon of the potato mixture fried into pancakes and then serve them with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche on top.  You can add a sprinkling of chives, green onion or fresh dill and even some smoked salmon on top of that. 



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