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German potato pancakes recipe
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Kartoffelpuffer German Potato Pancakes

Kartoffelpuffer are German potato pancakes fried up crisp and golden in a skillet and traditionally served with applesauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Servings: 8
Calories: 400kcal


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • cup finely grated onion
  • ¼ cup canola oil (or as needed)


  • Applesauce (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)


  • Grate the potatoes with a box grater and add shreds to a large bowl of cold water to prevent oxidation.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, eggs, salt and pepper.
  • Remove potato shreds from water one handful at a time and squeeze out excess liquid, then add to the bowl with the flour mixture. Repeat this process until all of the potato shreds have been removed from the soaking water and squeezed of excess liquid.
  • Add grated onion to the bowl and mix all of the ingredients together to evenly coat.
  • Set a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop and add enough oil to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add approximately ½ cup of the pancake mixture to the skillet (or whatever size you prefer) and press flat into a disk. Fry for 3 minutes, or until golden brown, flip and fry for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Work in batches until all pancakes have been made, adding additional oil as needed. Keep potato pancakes warm in a 250 degree oven until ready to serve.


Customize the ingredients to fit your tastes. Any of your favorite fresh herbs are a great addition.
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Calories: 400kcal