Traditional Kartoffelpuffer

(German potato pancakes)


2 ½ pounds starchy potatoes, peeled and very finely grated

1 small onion, very finely grated

2 large eggs

¼ cup all-purpose flour (or more if needed)

1 teaspoon sea salt

neutral-tasting oil for frying


Thoroughly wring out the liquid in the grated potatoes by placing them in a colander and squeezing them with your hands or by placing them in a clean dish towel and wringing out the liquid.

Place the drained grated potatoes in a medium-sized bowl with the grated onion, eggs, flour and salt and use your hands to work it into a tacky mixture. Add a little more flour if needed. Do no let the mixture sit for long before using it, use it immediately.

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat and place 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the mixture (depending on size preference) in the hot pan and flatten into pancakes with the back of a spoon. Fry on both sides for 3-5 minutes until the Kartoffelpuffer are golden. Place them briefly on paper towel.

Serve immediately while hot with applesauce, fruit compote or powdered sugar. For a savory version serve with herbed yogurt, quark or creme fraiche or with meat and gravy as part of a meal.

Sweet or savory,these are delicious!

Sweet or savory,these are delicious!