My Mom's "Kartoffelpuffer" (potato pancakes)

This is another recipe I grew up with, delicious and crispy potato pancakes, best served with cold applesauce. There was a short period of time when I was a child when I wasn't a big fan of onion pieces, so my Mom used onion powder during that time. That works as well, but don't skip the onion completely as it will lack flavor. Also, don't go easy on the salt. I would suggest to fry one and try and then maybe add more salt if necessary.


  • oil
  • 3-4 potatoes - shredded
  • 1 small onion - diced
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • Serve with Applesauce


  1. Shred the potatoes. 
  2. In a bowl, add the shredded potato, the diced onion and the egg. Mix well. Add salt.
  3. In a frying pan, cover the bottom of the pan with oil, heat. Add one big serving spoon of potato mix into the heated oil and spread it evenly into a circular space.
  4. When the edges start getting dark, use a spatula to loosen potato pancake from bottom of pan and flip around if it is golden brown on the bottom. Keep frying it, till the other side is also golden brown and crispy.
  5. Serve when crispy enough with applesauce on the side.

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