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German potato pancakes - the true authentic way

Updated on March 4, 2012

I was looking around just for fun to find an authentic recipe for potato pancakes, which I loved to eat back in Germany. They are a tradition at most Christmas markets and I never passed on them when it was that time of the year. But all I found online here was nothing near authentic....rather resembling a variance of hash browns rather than true potato pancakes.

Therefore I decided to share the authentic way to make them with you. They are easy to make, but a little time consuming to prepare if you are feeding a big crowd.

The ingredients you will need:

starchy potatoes

quick oats


salt, pepper, nutmeg

oil for baking

Now here comes the hard part....after peeling the potatoes you will have to grind them, not just shredding. Use the finest setting or side of your grinder. I do it by hand, and it is not as bad as you might think, because you won't need that many potatoes unless you have to feed a big crowd. The potatoes have to become a thick sauce like mushy stuff turning.

Once you are finished grinding the potatoes, you will add a little salt, pepper and nutmeg, about 1 egg and just enough quick oats to soak up the liquid of the dough but not making it firm at all....It still has to remain a fairly liquid dough. Let this stand for about 10-15 min. In the meantime you can chop the onion finely and add it to the dough.

Here is my thumb rule of how much you need for two people:

3 medium potatoes

no more than half of a small onion

approx 1/3 to 1/2 cup of oats

2/3 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper, a pinch of nutmeg

Now the dough is ready! Heat a skillet with some oil. Wait until it is hot. Depending on the desired size of the pancakes, place the dough in the pan and you might want to flatten it out a little. I prefer smaller pancakes which you can flip over much easier.

Wait until the edges turn golden brown before turning them over. When they are done I suggest placing them on a plate with a paper towel to drain the excess grease.

Have some applesauce and put it on each pancake - or eat them plain. Traditionally pancakes are eaten with apple sauce - and I don't want to miss the apple sauce!






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    • beadreamer247 profile image

      beadreamer247 5 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      Yes, I am aware of it.Unfortunately I lost it when my computer crashed and I have no idea why it doesn't exist anymore. But I am planning to make a New one shortly.

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      writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska

      your youtube video no longer will play :( other than that it is a pretty good Hub.

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      Lynn 6 years ago

      Hi Bea, they look really yummy, so i am going to give them ago. love the videos and i enjoy your writings. keep it up

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      beadreamer247 6 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      Hi rjsadowski, I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. Yes, grating the potatoes is a bit of work, but all the work there is, really. It's very simple, very affordable and tastes great. Good luck!

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      Great recipe. My mother used to grate everything by hand which is a lot of work. She also used flour instead of oats but I will have to try your recipe.

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      beadreamer247 6 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      Marcy, I am so glad that I can give you a chance to make your own potato pancakes now. They are not difficult at all - the only "drag" is the grinding of the potatoes if you do it by hand. Other than that it is so easy to do! Good Luck!

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      beadreamer247 6 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      HI Gordon, you are more than welcome to make your own potato pancakes now! I loved them since I was a child and notice that all you can find on the internet on recipes resembles hash brown. So I decided to share how they truly are made. There are some local variations - never heard of garlic sauce combination. Some people use flour instead of oats, but I strongly disagree because it takes some of the potato flavor away. Good luck with your home cooking of German potato pancakes!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Excellent hub! We had these a few times when I grew up, but I never got the recipe (my mom didn't like to make them, because they can be a bit labor intensive). I'm so glad to see an authentic recipe! I will be trying these very soon! Thanks for posting the 'how-to' info of a favorite memory of mine.

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      Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, beadreamer

      I love these pancakes and have eaten them many, many times at the Kristkindlmarkts in Munich. I like them with apple sauce but prefer them with the garlic sauce option which is also afforded, at least in Bavaria.

      Thanks for this recipe for them which I will definitely need to try.