German potato pancakes

German potato pancakes, also known as Kartoffelpuffer or Reibekuchen, are a delightful dish often enjoyed as a snack, side dish, or even a main course. Here’s a basic recipe to make them:


  • 4 large potatoes (about 2 lbs), peeled
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Sour cream, applesauce, or other toppings (optional)


  1. Grate the potatoes and onion: Using the large holes of a box grater or a food processor with a grating attachment, grate the potatoes and onion. Place them in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes and onion with the eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix well until everything is evenly incorporated.
  3. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat and add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  4. Once the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the pan, flattening them slightly with the back of the spoon to form pancakes.
  5. Cook the potato pancakes for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. You may need to adjust the heat to prevent them from burning.
  6. As you cook the pancakes, you may need to add more oil to the pan between batches.
  7. Once cooked, transfer the potato pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  8. Serve the potato pancakes hot, with sour cream, applesauce, or your favorite toppings on the side.
  9. Enjoy your delicious German potato pancakes as a tasty snack or side dish!

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