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stapled potato patties on a small vintage plate

Potato Patties (or Pancakes)

Easy to make potato patties or pancakes with boiled potatoes. They can be served either as a side dish for a savory meal or as a delicious dessert.
Course Vegetarian
Cuisine German
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 30
Calories 49kcal
Author Adina


  • 1 lb boiled potatoes 450 g, Note 1
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 120 g
  • 4 tablespoon sour cream or smetana
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 eggs
  • a little oil for frying


  • Cook the potatoes in salted water until soft, about 20 minutes, but check. Drain well and let cool. Then, peel and mash them with a potato masher or a fork.
  • Batter: Add the salt, flour, sour cream, milk, and lightly beaten eggs. Stir to mix.
  • Heat about 1 teaspoon of oil in a non-stick pan. Spread the oil in the pan using a brush.
  • Fry: Place 1 tablespoon batter into the pan, level nicely, and form a round patty. Repeat with as many patties as you can fit in the pan (I can make 4 at a time in my pan). Fry on medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side or until nicely colored and cooked through.
  • Fry the remaining pancakes, adding another teaspoon of oil to the pan before each batch.
    Keep warm in the oven while you fry the rest of the patties.
  • Serve sweet or savory (Note 2).


  1. This is a good recipe for using leftover boiled potatoes in the skin.
  2. Serve as a side dish for soups, with a salad, as a side dish for meat and sauce dishes. Or serve sweet with applesauce, blueberry sauce or drizzled with honey or maple syrup.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 81mg