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Make any potato pancake recipe with just a few basic ingredients and a couple of simple steps. The ingredients are potatoes, either fresh, leftover (as in mashed), or frozen, eggs and seasonings. 

Potato Pancake Recipe

The seasonings are where you can get creative. Chopped onions are a great addition to potato pancakes. Garlic is a must for some people. Salt, pepper, marjoram, and butter are all compatible seasonings.

If you are using fresh potatoes, you will need a potato peeler and a grater or food processor. Your only other necessary kitchen tool is a frying pan. 

Don't restrict yourself to enjoying potato pancake recipes for breakfast. They are a great side dish for many meals.

300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook's Guide: Potatoes are just about everyone’s favorite side dish. This book includes dozens of recipes, and ways to cook potatoes, for every part of a meal from breakfast through appetizer, main course, and even dessert.

Basic Potato Pancakes Recipe


  • 2 c. grated potatoes
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp. grated onion
  • 1 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • Pinch marjoram
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. flour
  • Dash pepper


Mix all ingredients together and fry in hot oil until browned on both sides.

Makes 6 - 8 potato pancakes 

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Potato Pancake Recipe with Meat

You can create a potato pancake recipe that is a meal in itself simply by adding some chopped or diced meat. This can be leftover ham, turkey, some sausage or whatever appeals to you. The recipe below calls for 1 1/2 cups of meat; use more or less as you desire.


  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 c. raw potatoes, grated
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked chopped meat of your choice
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt


Combine ingredients and fry until browned and cooked through. 

Makes 10 - 12 small potato pancakes

Mashed Potato Pancakes


  • 2 c. mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • Black pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients to form a thick batter. Heat oil in skillet Drop spoonfuls of potato pancake batter into oil. Fry until golden brown. 

Makes 4 - 6 potato pancakes 

Easy Potato Pancakes

Use instant potato flakes, instant onion flakes and frozen has brown potatoes to make this easy potato pancake recipe.


  • Instant mashed potato flakes to make 1 c. mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. instant minced onion
  • 1 lb. frozen shredded potatoes, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheese of your choice


Mix together the potato flakes and instant minced onion. Prepare the instant potatoes according to package directions EXCEPT substitute boiling water for milk. With a fork, separate shredded potatoes and blend into mashed potatoes.

In a small bowl, whisk egg with remaining ingredients except cheese. Stir into mashed potato mixture. Drop 1/4 cup portions into lightly greased skillet and brown until golden on both sides, turning once. 

Top with shredded cheese; cover skillet to melt cheese. 

Makes 1 dozen potato pancakes 

Blender Potato Pancakes

Potato pancake recipe


  • 2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour, unsifted
  • 1 tsp. salt


In electric blender place 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup of the potatoes. Cover and blend at high speed for five seconds. Add the flour and remaining potatoes. Cover and blend until potatoes are grated/chopped. 

Fry in hot oil until browned on both sides, turning once.

Makes 8 potato pancakes 

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