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Potato Pancakes, rated with a perfect five stars, are a beloved dish that transcends cultures, offering a crispy exterior and a soft, savory interior. This simple yet delicious recipe combines grated potatoes and onions with the richness of eggs and the right touch of flour and salt, fried to perfection in Crisco for that ideal golden brown finish. Whether served as a breakfast treat, a side dish, or a light meal, these pancakes are sure to please.

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Potato Pancakes

A Short History:

Potato pancakes have a rich history, with variations found in many parts of the world, from Eastern Europe’s latkes to Germany’s kartoffelpuffer. This versatility speaks to the widespread appreciation of the potato as a staple ingredient. The recipe’s simplicity and the widespread availability of its ingredients have made potato pancakes a comforting favorite among many.


  • 17th Century: The potato is introduced to Europe from the Americas, eventually becoming a dietary staple.
  • 19th Century: Potato pancakes begin gaining popularity as an economical and tasty way to use leftover potatoes.
  • 20th Century: The dish becomes recognized globally, with variations appearing in numerous cuisines.
  • Present Day: Potato pancakes remain a cherished recipe, enjoyed for their simplicity, versatility, and delicious taste.

Tips for the Perfect Potato Pancakes:

  • Grating Potatoes: Grate the potatoes finely for a smoother texture or coarsely for added crunch.
  • Removing Excess Moisture: Squeeze the grated potato in a clean kitchen towel to remove excess moisture, ensuring a crispier pancake.
  • Uniform Size: Drop the mixture from a tablespoon to keep the pancakes uniform in size for even cooking.
  • Hot Crisco: Make sure the Crisco is hot before adding the pancake mixture to achieve a deep golden brown without absorbing too much oil.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream, applesauce, or your favorite condiment for an extra flavor dimension.

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Potato Pancakes are a testament to the comfort and joy simple ingredients can bring to the table. Whether you’re looking to introduce a new dish to your breakfast lineup, seeking a satisfying side, or craving a snack, these pancakes are guaranteed to deliver warmth, flavor, and a touch of culinary tradition.

Potato Pancakes
Yield: Makes about 8 pancakes.

Potato Pancakes


  • 2 cups grated raw potato
  • 2 tbsp. grated onion
  • 2 eggs, unbeaten
  • 4 tbsps. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ⅓ cup Crisco


  1. All Measurements Level: Combine grated potatoes with onion, eggs, flour and salt.
  2. Drop mixture from tablespoon into skillet containing hot Crisco.
  3. Flatten each cake with back of spoon.
  4. Fry to a deep golden brown on each side.

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