Classic Potato Pancakes

Classic Potato Pancakes! A dish that’s crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and just brimming with cozy, comforting flavors. Let’s whisk through your recipe with a pinch of guidance and a dollop of enthusiasm.

Your ingredients and method are spot on for creating these golden delights. The key, as you’ve noted, is to get as much moisture out of the potatoes as possible. This ensures your pancakes will be wonderfully crispy. Here’s a little twist: you could add a hint of freshly ground black pepper or a sprinkle of fresh herbs like dill or parsley to the batter for an extra layer of flavor.

Now, let’s talk about frying. Your technique is perfect. Remember, the oil should be hot enough so that it sizzles when the batter hits the pan, but not so hot that it smokes. Consistency is the secret to that golden perfection.

Serving them hot is crucial – that’s when they’re at their crispy best. Applesauce and powdered sugar is a classic topping, adding a sweet contrast to the savory pancake. Sour cream or yogurt will add a creamy tang, and serving them as a side with meat and gravy turns it into a hearty meal.

Here’s a quick tip: for a lighter version, you could try baking them in a well-oiled muffin tin at a high temperature until crisp. They won’t be quite as crispy as fried, but they’ll still be delicious and a bit healthier!


  1. 2 ½ pounds Russet potatoes (or any starchy potato), peeled and grated very finely
  2. 1 yellow onion, grated very fine
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  6. Oil for frying


  1. Prepare the Potatoes: After peeling and grating the potatoes, use a clean towel to thoroughly wring out all the liquid. This step is crucial for crispy pancakes.
  2. Mix the Ingredients: Place the drained potatoes in a large bowl. Add the finely grated onion, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix thoroughly with your hands until the mixture is somewhat tacky. If it feels too sticky, sprinkle in a little more flour.
  3. Heat the Oil: In a skillet, heat about 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. You want enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet.
  4. Form and Fry Pancakes: Once the oil is hot, scoop ⅓ to ½ cup of the potato mixture into the skillet, flattening it to form a pancake. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Drain and Serve: After frying, transfer the pancakes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Serve the pancakes hot.
  6. Enjoy with Toppings: Classic toppings include applesauce and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or sour cream. You can also enjoy them with yogurt or as a side dish with meat and gravy.

Chef’s Tips:

  • Squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the potatoes to ensure a crispy texture.
  • Maintain an even heat while frying to prevent burning.
  • Experiment with toppings and sides to find your perfect pairing.

Serving Suggestions:

  • As a breakfast dish with applesauce and powdered sugar.
  • As a side with savory meats and gravy for a hearty dinner.


  • Potato pancakes are best served fresh, but you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a skillet or oven for best results.

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