- 1.5kg potatoes
- 2 eggs
- 250g cottage cheese
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 3 tbsp potato starch
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly grounded black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic
- grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil) for frying
Recipe for potato pancakes is fairly easy and goes as follows.
- Peel and grate all the potatoes.
- In the large bowl mix grated potatoes, plain flour, salt, black pepper, potatoe starch or semolina; With semolina pancakes will be more crispy outside and still soft and fluffy inside.
- Grate 2 cloves of garlic, chop a small amount of parsley, add salt and pepper for taste and mix thoroughly; Make sure cheese is not to watery so you may want to drain the cheese a little bit; Mix the mixture a little bit it should be smooth and not to runny;
- Heat fair amount of oil (alternatively lard – remember this is old recipe and to be honest with lard it tastes even better) and fry medium size pancakes; First layer should be ample flat, then add some filling ( heap tablespoon) and cover with layer of potato mixture; The idea is to have the 4-5 cm pancakes with cheese feeling inside;
- Fry until golden, on each side;
In Poland you will find this recipe in the original form without the cheese filling under the name ‘placki ziemniaczane’ ( pl – potatoe pankes) whereas in German cuisine you can get it as Kartoffelpuff. Germans sell them as winter warmer during Christmas time on Christmas Market stands ( Kartoffelpuffer ).
Naturally some may argue that this is Polish, or German or even ukrainian so let’s presume it is a European simple recipe with a twist!
Stay tuned for potato pancakes with meat filling. Believe me, these are awesome and really easy to make.