German Potato Pancakes

German Potato Pancakes, also known as “Kartoffelpuffer,” are a popular traditional dish in Germany. They are typically made from grated potatoes mixed with onion, egg, and flour, then fried to golden perfection. The pancakes are usually served with applesauce, sour cream, or other condiments. Here’s a basic recipe:


Potatoes: 4-5 medium-sized, peeled and grated

Onion: 1 medium-sized, finely chopped or grated

Eggs: 2, beaten

Flour: 2-4 tablespoons, depending on the moisture of the potatoes

Salt and Pepper: to taste

Oil: for frying


Prepare the Mixture:

After grating the potatoes, squeeze out as much liquid as possible. This helps to get a crispier pancake.

In a large bowl, mix the grated potatoes, onion, eggs, flour, salt, and pepper until well combined.

Heat the Oil:

In a large skillet, heat a generous amount of oil over medium heat. The oil should be about a quarter-inch deep.

Form and Fry the Pancakes:

Take a scoop of the potato mixture and form it into a patty. Carefully place it in the hot oil.

Flatten the patty slightly with a spatula. Fry until the underside is golden brown, then flip and cook the other side. Each side should take about 3-5 minutes.


Remove the pancakes from the skillet and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Serve hot, traditionally with applesauce or sour cream.

Enjoy this hearty and delicious German dish as a side or a main course!

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