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German Potato Pancakes Recipe (Crispy and Delicious)

By Emma :

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German Potato Pancakes Recipe

Oh, how I treasure those cozy, heartfelt meals that bring us all back to the kitchen table with smiles and warm conversations. Today, I am beyond thrilled to share with you a recipe that’s close to my heart—the classic German Potato Pancakes, also known as Kartoffelpuffer. They’re crispy, they’re hearty, and they’re just pure comfort food goodness!

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to enjoy these delightful pancakes at my grandmother’s home. Each crispy bite was a taste of tradition, handcrafted with love and a touch of nostalgia. Now, I’m bringing this piece of heritage right to your kitchen with a promise of simplicity and flavor that will gather everyone around your table!

Ingredients

To whip up these crispy delights, you’ll need:

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and shredded
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Apple sauce or sour cream, for serving

How to Make German Potato Pancakes

Step 1: Prepare the Batter

  1. After peeling and shredding the potatoes, use a clean cloth or cheesecloth to squeeze out as much liquid as possible—this is key for achieving that perfect crispiness!
  2. In a large bowl, mix the shredded potatoes, chopped onion, eggs, flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder until well combined.

Step 2: Fry the Pancakes

  1. Heat a good amount of vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The oil should be about a quarter-inch deep.
  2. For each pancake, spoon a heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture into the oil and flatten it out to form a pancake.
  3. Fry each side until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. Remove the pancakes from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess grease.

Helpful Tips

  • Squeeze that Spud! Make sure to get as much moisture out of the potatoes as possible before mixing in the other ingredients. This step is crucial for that crave-worthy crisp!
  • Hot and Ready: Keep your oil hot, but not smoking, to ensure each pancake cooks evenly and gets that perfect golden crust.

Substitutions/Variations

  • Gluten-Free? Swap the all-purpose flour for any gluten-free flour of your choice.
  • Spice it Up: Feel free to add some garlic powder or smoked paprika to the batter for a little extra kick.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can fry the pancakes and then reheat them in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes to get them crispy again.

What’s the best way to serve these?

German Potato Pancakes are traditionally served with apple sauce or sour cream. Both add a lovely creamy contrast to the crunchy texture.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet or oven for best results.

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Thank you for stopping by the kitchen today! Whether you’re making these German Potato Pancakes for a cozy family dinner or a festive gathering, they’re sure to be a hit. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and absolutely delicious—what’s not to love? Dive into the recipe and let the flavors speak for themselves! Happy cooking, everyone!

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German Potato Pancakes Recipe

German Potato Pancakes Recipe (Crispy and Delicious)


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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Welcome to a slice of comfort with a crispy edge! My German Potato Pancakes recipe, a treasured delight straight from my family’s kitchen, will transform simple potatoes into something spectacular. Perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these pancakes are not just a treat; they’re a trip down memory lane. Let’s make some culinary magic together!


Ingredients

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  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and shredded
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Apple sauce or sour cream, for serving

Instructions

  1. Prep the Potatoes: Thoroughly squeeze out the moisture from the shredded potatoes using a cloth or cheesecloth. This is crucial for the perfect crispiness.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the dried potatoes, onion, eggs, flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder. Stir until the mixture is well combined.
  3. Fry: Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat until hot. Drop heaping tablespoons of the potato mixture into the pan, pressing down to flatten. Fry each pancake until golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. Drain and Serve: Remove the pancakes from the oil and let them drain on paper towels. Serve hot with apple sauce or sour cream.

Notes

  • Squeezing the moisture out of the potatoes is key to getting your pancakes perfectly crispy.
  • Serve with traditional sides like apple sauce or sour cream for an authentic experience.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Side Dish
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: German

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 pancakes
  • Calories: Approx. 200 per serving
  • Sugar: Less than 1g
  • Sodium: Approx. 150mg
  • Fat: Approx. 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: Approx. 55mg

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