Monday, December 10, 2012


I'm obsessed with potato pancakes in much the same way that some foodies focus on finding the perfect chocolate truffle (ok, I'm obsessed with chocolate truffles too). My fascination began years ago when I was  introduced to the Swiss potato rosti served at a Gstaad ski resort. The perfectly cooked potato pancake was the size of a plate, a gorgeous golden brown and came with a mound of thinly sliced smoked salmon and cream--yes, it was totally indulgent but I told myself that I would work it off on the slopes! The mini potato pancake has become one of my favorite holiday hors d'oeuvres, perfect for a Hanukkah celebration or Christmas cocktails and they are incredible easy to make. When they are cooked correctly the pancakes are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside, a delicate balance of salt and yummy potato. Warning--these are totally addictive!

Perfect Potato Pancakes
2 pounds russet or Yukon Gold potatoes 
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying
1. Using a grater or a food processor coarsely grate the potatoes. Place potatoes in a fine-mesh strainer or tea towel and really squeeze out all the water over a bowl.

2. Heat a non-stick pan and coat with a thin film of vegetable oil. Take about 2 tablespoons of the dried potatoes in the palm of your hand and flatten as best you can. Place the potato mixture in the pan, flatten with a large spatula, and fry for a few minutes until golden. Flip the pancake over and brown the other side. Remove to paper towels to drain. Serve immediately. Yields 2 dozen small pancakes. (You can also freeze the potato pancakes and crisp them up in a 350-degree oven at a later time.)

Serve with smoked salmon, sour cream and chives, apple sauce or horseradish cream.
Horseradish Cream
1 cup of sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon
1 tablespoon horseradish
salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients and serve.


Georgina Castellucci said...

These look amazing - definitely something I would love to attempt to recreate :)

michele said...

yum! so your savory good potato pancakes are my chocolate cake...

smiles to you.


Henhurst Interiors said...

My husband who spent a lot of time skiing in Austria makes fabulous rosti - I am going to give him this recipe to try. And thank you again for the beautiful book on Scottish houses - we are loving it!
All best,

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

These look delicious. I'll have to give them a try. You must be a wonderful cook!


You don't have to be a great cook! Just make sure you get all the water out of the potatoes before you cook them are you will have a great pancake!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I am trying these, in say 1 minute! I love this treat more than most.
Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Happy Monday.

Taylor Greenwalt said... of my favorite too

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Karen Albert said...

Latkes or potato pancakes are a specialty of my Dad's! Barbara these look so delish!

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Ann said...

Those look delicious! Not going to lie, I shortcut mine with pre-shredded potatoes, shh. :)

Stacey said...

So my hubby is usually the creative one in the kitchen. However, since he's away serving his country I'll have to attempt to do this myself! Scary... But, I think I can do it:-)

pve design said...

I prepared them the other day and we ate them 1,2,3.
One of my friends made them using cauliflower.
I want to try them using just onions....

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