- 4 cups shredded peeled potatoes (about 4 large potatoes)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon grated onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Oil for frying
- Chopped parsley, applesauce and sour cream, optional
- Rinse shredded potatoes in cold water; drain well, squeezing to remove excess water. Place in a large bowl. Stir in egg, flour, onion, salt and pepper.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 in. of oil over medium heat. Working in batches, drop potato mixture by 1/3 cupfuls into oil; press to flatten slightly. Fry both sides until golden brown; drain on paper towels. Serve immediately. If desired, sprinkle with parsley and top with applesauce and sour cream. Yield: 6 servings.
Reviews forMom's Potato Pancakes
"This is a typical recipe, but here are a few hints for better pancakes;1) Rinse the potatoes, yes. It gets the starch off. After shredding with a grater, a lot of "potato water" will be left. Give the shredded potatoes a good squeeze to get out as much of that water as you can into a measuring cup. Note the amount. Now, dump the water, rinse the measuring cup and replace that water with milk. This will make the pancakes a lot less starchy. I do NOT use a food processor as someone suggests. It doesn't get enough of the potato water out.2) To make lighter pancakes, add 1/4 to 3/8 tsp of baking power. Also separate the white and yolk of the egg and beat the white until it is fluffy (but not stiff) before folding back into the mix.3) I fry mine in Crisco, not canola. I get the oil pretty hot so they fry quickly and don't absorb a lot of oil.This is my Mom's recipe and it's never let me down!"
"These are somewhat similar to the way my Mother made hers. However, I like them a little thicker. Will do next time. My Mother always had them as a meal, but they are also good as a side dish. Will make again."
"Simple to make,especially with a food processor. I added chives and made them a little thicker the second batch"
"These were really good! We liked them best when I made them thicker. Will use less oil next time. I made a double batch and had lots of left-overs. They were great warmed on a plate in the oven."
"I also like chives or finely chopped green onions for little difference.We love these as a meal or side dish and they are great leftover. They warm up nicely in the microwave or toaster oven."