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Idaho German Potato Pancakes (VRP 100)

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Idaho German Potato Pancakes are a crispy and savory dish that showcases the versatility and unique flavor of Idaho potatoes. Traditionally known as “Kartoffelpuffer,” these pancakes are a popular comfort food in German cuisine, enjoyed as both a main dish and a side.

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Idaho German Potato Pancakes

Idaho German Potato Pancakes

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Food History

Potato pancakes have a storied history in many cultures, particularly in Eastern Europe and Germany, where they are a staple food item. Idaho potatoes, known for their excellent texture and flavor, make this variation particularly delectable and filling. These pancakes are celebrated for their crispy edges, tender centers, and the slight sweetness brought by the onions.

Recipe Discussion

The recipe is straightforward, requiring just a few essential ingredients: grated Idaho potatoes, salt, grated onion for a touch of sharpness, flour to bind the ingredients, and eggs to hold the mixture together. The mixture is then spooned into a hot, well-greased frying pan and cooked until golden brown on both sides. The simplicity of the ingredients allows the natural flavor of the potatoes to shine through, complemented subtly by the onion.

Serving Suggestions

Idaho German Potato Pancakes are incredibly versatile. They can be served with a savory accompaniment like pot roast or bacon, making a satisfying meal or enjoyed with a drizzle of syrup for those who prefer a hint of sweetness. They are also perfect for breakfast or as a hearty snack during the day.

Preparation Tips

  • Potato Preparation: Squeeze any excess moisture from the grated potatoes to prevent the pancakes from becoming soggy.
  • Uniform Cooking: For even cooking, ensure each pancake is of similar size. Measure the batter using a tablespoon or a small scoop.
  • Crispiness: For extra crispy pancakes, press them down slightly in the pan to increase the surface area in contact with the heat.
  • Serving Temperature: Serve the pancakes hot and fresh from the pan to maintain their texture.

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Idaho German Potato Pancakes Recipe

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Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Idaho German Potato Pancakes

Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes


  • 2 cups grated or shredded raw Idaho potatoes
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated Idaho onion
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 beaten eggs


  1. Mix ingredients and drop by tablespoonsful into well greased frying pan.
  2. Fry slowly until lightly browned on one side, about 4 or 5 minutes.
  3. Turn and brown lightly on other side.
  4. Serve with pot roast, bacon or syrup.

Idaho German Potato Pancakes are a simple yet delicious way to enjoy potatoes in a satisfying and versatile form. Whether you’re looking for a new breakfast option or a side dish that complements a variety of mains, these potato pancakes are sure to become a new favorite.

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