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Grandmas Potato Pancakes

Grandmas Potato Pancakes without flour aka Potato Latkes is a recipe my grandma made during the great depression. It was one of my mom’s best recipes. Cheap and easy. 

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Grandmas Potato Pancakes

Most of us know potato pancakes from our childhood days. In almost every country, it’s prepared differently. This recipe is very simple but polish potato pancakes are a simple delicacy that everyone flocked to grandma’s house for.

Potato pancakes were one of my mom’s most requested dishes. It took a while to get this recipe just right because my mom measured in handfuls. My hands are a little larger than hers were, lol. When we go home, we each had a job. I would peel the potatoes, my husband would grate them, and mom would mix them up and fry them. They can be served with jelly as I eat them, sour cream as my husband eats them or applesauce as my dad ate them. My mom never added the onion but I think it gives the potato pancakes more flavor.

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The potato pancakes can can also be made with frozen hash browns or mashed potatoes. Check out our Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes for a greaseless less calorie meal. 

Potato Latkes Ingredients

  • Potatoes
  • Egg
  • Onion, chopped
  • Oil or crisco, for frying
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Jelly, Sour Cream or Applesauce (optional)

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How to Make Polish Potato Pancakes

1. Shred your potatoes using a potato grater or cheese grater.
 
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2. Place the shredded potato in a square of muslin or cheesecloth and squeeze out over the sink to rid the potatoes of excess moisture. (To rid the potatoes of starch, you can place them in water for 30 minutes and repeat the straining process, but this is personal preference.)
 
3. Combine the shredded potato, egg and chopped onion in a medium-sized bowl.
 
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4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
 
5. Flatten a 1/2 cup of the shredded potato mixture in the palm of your hands and carefully add to the oil. Repeat so that you have 3-4 potato latkes cooking at the same time.
 
6. Fry for about 2 minutes (until golden) before flipping the latkes carefully using metal tongs. Fry until completely golden and remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
 
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7. Repeat with remaining potato mixture.
 
8. Makes approximately 20 latkes.
 
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9. Enjoy with jelly, sour cream or applesauce.
 
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Yield: 20

Grandmas Potato Pancakes

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Grandmas Potato Pancakes aka Potato Latkes is a recipe my grandma made during the great depression. It was one of my mom's best recipes. Cheap and easy. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 cups oil, for frying
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Jelly, Sour Cream or Applesauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Shred your potatoes using a potato grater or cheese grater.
  2. Place the shredded potato in a square of muslin or cheesecloth and squeeze out over the sink to rid the potatoes of excess moisture.
  3. (To rid the potatoes of starch, you can place them in water for 30 minutes and repeat the straining process, but this is personal preference.)
  4. Combine the shredded potato, egg and chopped onion in a medium-sized bowl.
  5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  6. Flatten a 1/2 cup of the shredded potato mixture in the palm of your hands and carefully add to the oil. Repeat so that you have 3-4 potato latkes cooking at the same time.
  7. Fry for about 2 minutes (until golden) before flipping the latkes carefully using metal tongs. Fry until completely golden and remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  8. Repeat with remaining potato mixture.
  9. Makes approximately 20 latkes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1241Total Fat: 135gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 120gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Nutrition may vary depending on the products used.

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