German Potato Pancakes

This recipe for German potato pancakes is wonderful…. I grew up loving these… my Mother would make them when we had left over mashed potatoes…. They’re practically a staple in a German household. I especially love them with Weiner Schnitzel, red cabbage and apple sauce… my favorite meal growing up.

These are not to be confused with Latkes…  those pancakes use shredded potatoes… this uses mashed potatoes.


They really are easy to make… and I would recommend when you plan your dinners… have mashed potatoes for a meal and plan to make more than you need… and use the leftovers with this recipe…. or just make the mashed potatoes ahead so you have less to do when cooking these… less clean up too… which is always nice.

Serve these with apple sauce…. hmmm… sooo good.

I hope you enjoy these!


German Potato Pancakes Recipe

All you need:

4 medium sized potatoes, peel and diced
½ cup milk
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 egg
6 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon snipped chives
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil

All you need to do:

Put the peeled and diced potatoes into a large pot and cover with water.

Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until potatoes are tender. Drain.

In a small skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat.

Add the chopped onions.

Cook until they are translucent… about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Return the potatoes to the pot and mash the them with a potato masher.

Add the onions, milk, flour, parsley, snipped chives, salt and pepper, mix thoroughly.

Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil.

When skillet is hot, drop spoonfuls of the mashed potato mixture into the skillet…about the size of a serving spoon… flatten with the back of the spatula.

Turn when the bottom side is golden brown.

Cook until the other side is golden brown.

Drain on a paper towel.

Makes 4 servings…. About 2-3 pancakes per person.

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