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Potato Pancakes

Crispy and crunchy! These potato pancakes are a fun dinner option or make a great side dish!

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In my continuing quest to re-shoot and re-share lots of old posts, today, we have potato pancakes. Shared here on the blog in 2011, these still remain a family favorite to this day.

I originally started making these after we discovered homemade potato pancakes and pierogis at our local farmers market.  My husband fell head over heels in love with them and with the farmers market closed up for the season, I dove into making them homemade.

These do take a little time and effort to make, but, they are soooo worth it!

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Ingredients Needed:

  • Russet potatoes
  • Onion
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Chives
  • Oil

How to Make + A Few Notes:

  • First, start with 2 large russet potatoes. Give them a peel, then, shred them. Your potatoes should look like shredded hash browns.
  • Next, this part is important, roll your mixture in a clean dishtowel. Then, squeeze out as much moisture as possible.  Don’t forget to close all the sides of your rolled dish towel really well! I’ve neglected to do that in the past and have found myself with quite a mess to clean up after.
  • Mix the shredded/drained potatoes with breadcrumbs, eggs, chives and onion.
  • Fill a large skillet with oil. You don’t need too much oil. Only about 1/4 inch or so.  Once it’s hot, you are good to go.  Just be sure your oil isn’t too hot.  If you drop a spot of water into the oil, it should bubble slightly, not furiously.
  • Form your potato mixture into individual balls and place carefully, one at a time, into the oil.  Then, take a spatula and flatten it slightly. 
  • Let it cook for at least a minute or two before checking the other side of it.  If you try and move it too soon, your potato pancake can fall apart.
  • Flip it over and cook the other side.

Note: Don’t cook too many at once.  Work in batches. I cooked ours for approx 2-3 minutes on each side. Keep an eye on yours, if they are thicker/thinner, your cooking time will be a little different.

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More Potatoes to Try:

Yield: 9-12 medium size pancakes

Potato Pancakes

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Crispy and crunchy! The potato pancakes are a fun dinner option or make a great side dish!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 large russet potatoes or 4 small/medium size
  • 1/2 small onion, grated or 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 TBSP dried chives
  • neutral tasting oil


  1. Peel potatoes. Then, with a food processor or grater, shred potatoes.
  2. Line shredded potatoes on a clean, cotton dishtowel. Roll the towel up tightly and squeeze out as much water as possible. Be sure the towel is tightly secure! You don’t want shredded potatoes falling out.
  3. In a bowl, mix together shredded potatoes, beaten eggs, bread crumbs, and chives.
  4. In a large, deep, frying pan, heat approx 1/4 inch canola oil until hot.
  5. With your hands, form a golf ball size round of the potato mixture.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, add the mixture to the hot oil and press flat with the back of your spoon.
  7. Cook each side approx 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  8. Serve with a side of sour cream if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 114Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate

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Alice V

Thursday 25th of October 2018

I love the simplicity of potato pancakes, what a great filling yet flavorful food.

Erin Table for Seven

Saturday 27th of October 2018

Agreed Alice! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday 5th of October 2018

I can’t see the ingredients. It’s stuck behind a picture. I tried Yummly and Facebook and Pinterest and can’t find them. Can you fix the HTML so we can see the ingredients?

Erin Table for Seven

Friday 5th of October 2018

Hi Joy- Sorry you are having an issue. Are you on the mobile site or a PC? I'm not sure how to fix this issue..when I view the post it looks OK. Here is a list of the ingredients: 2 large russet potatoes or 4 small/medium size 1/2 small onion, grated or 1/4 cup dried minced onion 2 eggs 1/3 cup bread crumbs 1 TBSP dried chives canola oil

Hope that helps!

Dusty Fae

Friday 24th of August 2018

I have used mashed potato and mix all and this is also great... It is great with any meal and can ne topped with many Fovorings


Tuesday 5th of March 2013

my mom use to make potato pancakes, i would eat them with ketchup, but my parents and brother ate them with Apple sauce. its a German thing I think, i always thought it was weird, but i do love everything else German


Tuesday 5th of March 2013

My husbands family is German and they have eaten potato pancakes with applesauce too..I think you are right :)

Jersey Girl

Thursday 28th of February 2013

Trying this tomorrow as a meatfree Lenten Friday dinner.


Friday 1st of March 2013

That's great JG! Enjoy :)

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