German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)

This classic German Potato Pancakes recipe, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, is a savory and crispy side dish that can be served with any meal!

Looking for potatoes pancake? This delicious German Potato Pancake recipe, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, is a savory and crispy side dish that can be served with any meal!

As an American, when I hear the word pancake I think of a sweet fluffy breakfast dish served with butter and syrup. Well, these German pancakes couldn’t be more opposite. These pancakes are typically served as a side dish to a protein main dish, or even as an appetizer before a meal.

Looking for potato pancakes German? This classic German Potato Pancake recipe, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, is a savory and crispy side dish that can be served with any meal!

As is tradition, this German pancakes recipe is served with Sour Cream and Applesauce.

Yes. You read that correctly, applesauce. 

I know it might sound odd but seriously, don’t knock it until you try it. The sweetness and tang from applesauce and the crunch and flavor from the onions in the pancake is the perfect combination.

How to Make Potato Pancakes

Assemble your ingredients. For exact amounts please see recipe card below.

This classic German Potato Pancake recipe, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, is a savory and crispy side dish that can be served with any meal!

In a large bowl mix together eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Then, mix in the potatoes and onion.

Wanting a recipe potato pancake? This classic German Potato Pancake recipes, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, is a savory and crispy side dish that can be served with any meal!

In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat.

In batches drop in a large tablespoonful into the skillet pressing them to flatten.

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Cook about 3 minutes on each side until browned and crisped and drain onto paper towels.

Looking for Potatoe panakes? This easy German Potato Pancake recipe, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, is a savory and crispy side dish that can be served with any meal!

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and apple sauce and enjoy!

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What to Serve with German Potato Pancakes

With this being a classic European dish I would recommend the following dishes to serve alongside this potato pancake recipe: 

Chicken Souvlaki – This is my favorite main dish to have with German potato Pancakes for how well they balance each other out and I would even recommend trying a pancake with our classic Greek Tzatziki sauce, a real game changer.

German Beer Cheese Soup – Beer, Cheese, and Potatoes. The ultimate comfort food meal, perfect for the winter time.

German Pork Schnitzel – Another classic German recipe that pairs nicely with these savory pancakes.

Looking for potatoes pancake recipe? This classic German Potato Pancake recipe, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, is a savory and crispy side dish that can be served with any meal!

Here’s the Recipe!

German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)

German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)

This classic German Potato Pancake recipe, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, is a savory and crispy side dish that can be served with any meal!

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 medium potatoes peeled and shredded* See Note Below for process
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil for cooking*
  • Sour cream and applesauce for serving

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl mix together eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Then, mix in the potatoes and onion.

    2. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat.

    3. In batches drop in a large tablespoonful into the skillet pressing them to flatten.

    4. Cook about 3 minutes on each side until browned and crisped.

    5. Drain onto paper towels.

    6. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and applesauce and enjoy.

Notes

*To shred your washed and peeled potatoes, you can either use a food processor or a box grater.

*Depending on your skillet/cooking method, you may need more than ¼ cup oil in your skillet to cook the pancakes.

Nutrition

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231|Total Fat: 9g|Saturated Fat: 1g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 7g|Cholesterol: 47mg|Sodium: 180mg|Carbohydrates: 34g|Fiber: 3g|Sugar: 5g|Protein: 5g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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August 4, 2021 | Last Updated on August 4, 2021 by Linda

2 thoughts on “German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)”

  1. I always see these recipes with shredded potatoes, but I grew up making them exclusively with leftover mashed potatoes. My mother was German and she taught me to add eggs and flour to make a thick batter with the cold leftovers and fry similarly to the above, you can add salt, pepper or garlic or nutmeg depending in what you are serving them with. My family always loves them!

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  2. It sounds like our polish potatoes pancakes but we do it without a baking powder and grate the potatoes, half of them on small and the other half on bigger grater. It taste lovely with one or two cloves of garlic also grated or pressed. Served very often with beef goulash.

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