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Perfect Potato Pancakes

I like to serve these potato pancakes with barbecued sausage. They're also nice with baked ham and applesauce or with breakfast sausages. And, with these and other types of meals, they're a good alternative to french fries. My children are married, and I'm a widow. So I don't do as much cooking as I once did. Guests always ask for the recipe when I serve this dish, though. And when my son and his family visited me from Winnipeg not long ago, one of the first things he asked for were Perfect Potato Pancakes!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 16 pancakes


  • 4 large potatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Optional: Maple syrup or applesauce


  • Peel and shred potatoes; place in a bowl of cold water. Line a colander with cheesecloth or paper towels. Drain potatoes into cloth and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, flour, onion, salt and pepper.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1/4 in. oil over medium heat. Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls into oil, about 3 in. apart. Press lightly to flatten. Fry until golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter. If desired, top with maple syrup or applesauce.
Nutrition Facts
2 pancakes: 287 calories, 12g fat (1g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • golliwog
    May 9, 2019

    Love these Potatoe Pancakes but l serve them with Sour Cream my husband prefers them this way like his Mother used to serve them.

  • kredhead
    May 12, 2017

    My friend wanted potato pancakes like his mom used to make. That is a tall order! So I trusted taste of home for a good recipe. Well, I found it! These are perfect, only change is I add butter to my oil to fry. Crispy, crunchy, salty..just delicious, can't stop eating them. Leftovers crisped up nice in the toaster oven. Will make again & again.

  • grandmascooking22
    Oct 10, 2016

    Very good potato pancake...I served with fried eggs and bacon!

  • aug2295
    Oct 2, 2016

    These fried up perfect and golden.

  • jeanemed
    Jan 1, 2013


  • Khloie
    Jun 14, 2012

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  • momof29
    Feb 29, 2012

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  • Potroast911
    Apr 30, 2011

    I grew up eating these. My mom made them all the time, only she fried them in a heavily buttered pan. I like the extra flavor that butter gives them. Of course, being Ukrainian we always ate them with sour cream. Yum Yum!

  • ronayne
    Nov 20, 2010

    Very, very good! I cut the recipe in half. Really light and crispy. Loved them! Thanks for this recipe.

  • Janae01
    Jan 25, 2010

    OH MY GOSH........just made these right now & they're SO good! I will definately be making them again!