German Potato Pancakes – Kartoffelpuffer

German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer

German Potato Pancakes – Kartoffelpuffer

Potato pancakes are associated with cuisines of many European countries but either they were not so popular in Bosnia or my mom didn’t care to make them. Hence, I had my first Kartofellpuffer (a.k.a. Reibekuchen) when I moved to Germany. I was hooked.

 

I know people who claim that they never had a good German meal. This recipe is easy to follow and I’d suggest they start cooking. Or come over to my house, I’d be more than happy to cook some good German meal for you, like these rouladen or German pizza.

 

Plain pancakes are not my thing. I much rather make and eat crepes. They are good alone, with syrup or stuffed with pretty much anything you can think of like I mentioned in these posts: chicken-filled crepes and ricotta and walnut-filled crepes.

 

On the other hand, potato pancakes or (if you will) latkes, placki, and boxty are an ideal breakfast, main and side dish traditionally popular among Jewish, Polish, and Irish people. I like them both equally, topped with sour cream or cold applesauce.

German Potato Pancakes – Kartoffelpuffer

German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer

Ingredients:
Makes 8 pancakes

  • 4 (ca. 1 ½ lbs) starchy potatoes, like Idaho or Russet
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup oil
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Applesauce
  • Cinnamon (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Peel, wash, and grate potatoes using a hand grater or food processor with a shredding blade. Peel the onion, grate and add to the potatoes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg, flour, salt, and pepper. Fold in the potato mixture. Fry immediately. Preparing this step ahead of time is not recommended. Potatoes oxidize and salt will pull moisture out of your potatoes and onions, leaving you with brown and soggy pancakes.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. For each pancake, drop two tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet, flattening each mound with a spatula. Fry about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crisp.
  4. Remove pancakes with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels until oil is absorbed. Best served hot or at room temperature topped with sour cream or applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon.

 

German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer

German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer

German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer

 

5 from 2 votes
German Potato Pancakes - Kartoffelpuffer
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
German crisp potato pancakes are an ideal breakfast, main and side dish also traditionally popular among Jewish, Polish, and Irish. Topped with sour cream for savory and applesauce for a sweet version they are both equally delicious.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: German
Servings: 8 pancakes
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 4 ca. 1 ½ lbs starchy potatoes, like Idaho or Russet
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup oil
  • Sour cream optional
  • Applesauce
  • Cinnamon optional
Instructions
  1. Peel, wash, and grate potatoes using a hand grater or food processor with a shredding blade. Peel the onion, grate and add to the potatoes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg, flour, salt, and pepper. Fold in the potato mixture. Fry immediately. Preparing this step ahead of time is not recommended. Potatoes oxidize and salt will pull moisture out of your potatoes and onions, leaving you with brown and soggy pancakes.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. For each pancake, drop two tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet, flattening each mound with a spatula. Fry about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crisp.
  4. Remove pancakes with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels until oil is absorbed.
  5. Best served hot or at room temperature topped with sour cream or applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon.
Recipe Notes

Potato pancakes are also known as Kartoffelpuffer, Reibenkuchen, Rösti, latkes, placki, and boxty.

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52 Comment

  1. Reply
    Caroline @ Shrinking Single
    March 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    These look so good Jas. I love potato pancakes, they make a great change to other potato side dishes. Though I would also seriously like these for breakfast.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 11, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Hi Caroline, I love them for breakfast or light supper too! 🙂

  2. Reply
    Bam's Kitchen
    March 11, 2015 at 5:43 am

    How fun is this recipe!?! A little savoury, a little sweet and crunchy and delicious. I can’t wait to try these. Sharing of course!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 11, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Aw, Bobbi, thank you sweetie!

  3. Reply
    Leovi
    March 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you very much for these delicious desserts!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 13, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      You’re welcome, Leovi! Thank you for your awesome photography! 🙂

  4. Reply
    Mayuri Patel
    March 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    pancakes look so crunchy and yummy. Going to try this recipe soon.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 14, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you, Mayuri! Let me know how you liked them 🙂

  5. Reply
    Erlene
    March 15, 2015 at 4:47 am

    I’ve never eaten potato pancakes with applesauce before. Will have to give this a try.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 15, 2015 at 9:24 am

      It really goes well…strangely enough, lol.

  6. Reply
    Shanice
    March 15, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I heard about these but never tried it. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays at 9AM eastern time 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you for the invitation, Shanice, I will definitely stop by! Hope you will also join us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 😀

  7. Reply
    Becky Meng
    March 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    My absolute favorite thing to eat in this whole world is potatoes and these look divine! Thanks for sharing and i will be sure to try this recipe soon!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Becky, I am a potato lover myself! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. Reply
    Holly
    March 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for linking up with Waiting on…Wednesday! Hope to see you back tomorrow!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 17, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      😀

  9. Reply
    joylovefood
    March 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

    These look so good! I love German potato pancakes, but have never made them at home, pinning to try. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Can’t even compare to the ones at restaurants unless they’re authentic German restaurants. Try them, they are really easy to make 🙂

  10. Reply
    Sherry
    March 22, 2015 at 10:31 am

    German pancakes are one of my favorite dishes. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again this week.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      I love partying with you!

  11. Reply
    Baking In Pyjamas
    March 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    These sound wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 22, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you! XO

  12. Reply
    Kristina @ myownhomeblog.com
    March 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try potato pancakes, but didn’t know that some put applesauce on top!
    Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday! Hope to see you again this week 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 27, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Oh yeah, it’s the German way and it’s delicious!

  13. […] and their food – they love quick meals and lots of potato. They even put them in their pancakes. Trying to balance life’s demands I’m all about quick meals. That doesn’t mean we […]

  14. Reply
    Stephanie
    February 18, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I am always looking for new potato recipes. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe with us on the #SundayDinnerBell

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 18, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you, Stephanie! 🙂

  15. Reply
    Carlee
    February 19, 2018 at 7:12 am

    My husband swears he doesn’t like potato pancakes, but I’ve made him latke a few times and he didn’t have any issues 😉 So maybe I can make him some kartoffelpuffer too!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 19, 2018 at 11:32 am

      It’s worth a try, lol. Men…

  16. Reply
    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    February 19, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Jas, these look wonderful! I don’t think I’ve had potato pancakes since my honorary grandma (who was German) died several years ago. I must make these soon in her honor!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      Jean, you must! Enjoy and honor her. 🙂

  17. Reply
    Super Mom - No Cape!
    February 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    These look delicious! I regularly make a potato pancake using leftover mashed potatoes but it’s been years since I made some using grated potato. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Great idea to use leftover mashed potatoes! I’ll try that next time. The texture will be different, but it will taste just as yummy.Thank you! X

  18. Reply
    Linda S
    February 22, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Pinning and printing! These look so delicious, can’t wait to surprise my husband. He’s always happy when I serve him some authentic German food.
    Glad you shared this at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop this week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 23, 2018 at 12:06 am

      Thank you, Linda! I’m glad you like it and I hope you’ll find more inspiration in my German recipes. X

  19. Reply
    TurksWhoEat
    February 23, 2018 at 9:11 am

    These look wonderful, I’m traveling to Germany later this year and I’ll definitely be looking for these!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Awesome! Have safe travels. You’ll love it there 🙂

  20. Reply
    Antonia (Zoale)
    February 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I adore potato pancakes and these look amazing! I could eat these any time of the day. Thank you for sharing over at Fiesta Friday! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you, Antonia! I’m thrilled that you like them 🙂

  21. Reply
    Trudy
    February 24, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    These look so good! I went to Germany this past summer and they sure do like potatoes! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 25, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Yep, you know it, LOL. Potatoes with everything 😀

  22. Reply
    Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
    February 25, 2018 at 1:32 am

    My tummy is calling these!! They sound so good! Thanks for sharing, Jas! x

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      I hope you give your tummy what it wants, Jhuls. 😀 Thank you!

  23. Reply
    Miz Helen
    February 25, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Your Potato Pancakes look wonderful, we would love these. Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 25, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      You’re so kind. Thank you!

  24. Reply
    Deborah Regen
    February 27, 2018 at 6:40 am

    My heritage is German so of course I have enjoyed potato pancakes at family gatherings over the years. This is a good reminder. Your photos here are lovely, shared on Pinterest!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 28, 2018 at 7:44 am

      Then you know how yummy they are :D. Thank you for sharing, Deborah!

  25. Reply
    Jerri
    March 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    These look delicious! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks for making my day, Jerri! 😀

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  27. Reply
    Katrin
    March 3, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Ohh I can smell them Jas, they are my favourite German dish and I haven’t made them in ages. I eat them with apple sauce but next time I will definitely try them with sour cream!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Katrin! I always start with sour cream and finish with applesauce. It’s like a special treat to me. 😀

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