Potato Pancakes

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Potato Pancakes can be combined with other ingredients, and may be served as hors d’oeuvres or appetizers, at brunch, lunch, or dinner; in fact, there’s no time when a Potato Pancake isn’t welcome. Potato Pancakes may also be served with smoked salmon, grilled fish, and squab.

Makes8 to 10 pancakes

Cooking MethodPan-frying


Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe CourseAppetizer, Starch

Dietary ConsiderationVegetarian

EquipmentFood Processor

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealBrunch, Dinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureButtery, Crisp, Savory

Type of DishCanape/crostini, Vegetable


  • 2 large baking potatoes, peeled
  • 3 shallots, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Clarified Butter or olive oil for sautéing


  1. Combine potatoes, shallots, and egg in a food processor and grate.

  2. Spoon grated-potato mixture into a bowl and add salt and pepper. Heat Clarified Butter or olive oil in a large sauté pan, preferably with a nonstick surface.

  3. Spoon 2 or more tablespoons of potato mixture into pan for each pancake. The thickness and diameter of the pancakes will depend on how they are to be used. Cook pancakes until golden brown, turning frequently.


The starch in the potatoes holds the pancake together. I make pancakes fairly thick when they’re used as a base for fried eggs, grilled fish, or barbecued breast of squab. When pancakes are more than a quarter of an inch thick, they’re transferred from the sauté pan to a baking sheet and baked in a 325° oven for five to ten minutes.


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My youngest is a potato fan and he loves fries of all kinds. I have been having a difficult time finding new foods that he might try. I think this one just might be a hit with him. I am going to have to try it this week and see. I will have to leave out the shallots, but I imagine they will be good without them too. Thanks for sharing.

Hi LKET - thank you for reaching out, and good luck with this recipe! We hope your son likes these potato pancakes.


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