Classic Potato Pancakes

Classic Potato Pancakes

These classic potato pancakes are delicious along with a big breakfast or dinner. Or serve them as a snack with sour cream or applesauce.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200 F or "warm" setting.
  2. Step 2

    Combine grated potatoes and onion in a strainer over a bowl. This will allow the excess liquids to drain off. After 5 to 10 minutes, when the starch has settled in the bottom of the bowl, pour the water off and add starch back to potatoes. Put the potatoes in a bowl and add the milk and beaten egg.
  3. Step 3

    In a small bowl, combine the flour with the salt, pepper, and baking powder. Sprinkle over the potato mixture and stir until well blended. If desired, add chopped parsley, chives, or a combination of the two.
  4. Step 4

    Heat about 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a deep skillet, or use enough oil to make a thin layer in the pan. 
  5. Step 5

    Drop the potato mixture by rounded tablespoons into the hot fat and pat down to flatten a bit. Fry until golden brown, turning to brown both sides.
  6. Step 6

    Drain on paper towels and then place on a rack; transfer to the oven to keep warm while you make subsequent batches.