Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Old-Fashioned Potato Pancake

I made some "Old-Fashioned Potato Pancake" for one of our Sunday late morning breakfast. It was one of those lazy Sunday morning when everyone woke up late, and nobody wants to go out for breakfast in the hot weather! So guess who has to stand over the hot stove in this hot weather????   

Yummy Old-Fashioned Potato Pancakes

The russet potatoes are peeled and grated coarsely. Place them in a clean tea towel and wring out the excess moisture. I did not use any tea towel. I squeezed out the excess moisture using my hands, as I was lazy to wash my tea towel!  Wow, there's a lot of juice from the potatoes!
The squeezed potatoes are then mixed with eggs, bread crumbs (of which I have used up my leftover toasted homemade bread crumbs, about 3 tablespoons), onions, salt and pepper to taste. I have added in some fresh thyme leaves since I had some in my fridge which I wanted to clear. Mix them all up till evenly combined.
You could use some other herbs if you want to, like chopped fresh corianders, parsley, spring onions or even chives. If your kids do not like any herbs, then follow the original recipe, the pancakes would be just as good.

Heat up some oil in a frying pan, scoop about a heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture, place it in the pan, and use the back of the spoon to flatten it slightly,  and fry on both sides until golden brown.

Drain on kitchen paper towel to remove excess oil. This is the first one I fried, to check on the seasoning of salt and pepper. It was perfect, so mommy had the first pancake all to herself!

The pancakes I've made was about 3" across and yield about 15 pancakes.

These Old-Fashioned Potato Pancakes are really delicious.  Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack in a lunch box.

A simple breakfast but good! The next time when I make this again, I'll add in some chives or spring onions from the garden pot. And some chopped ham would be lovely too! :)

Old-Fashioned Potato Pancakes
(adapted from "The Bread Bible", Beth Hensperger)
makes eight 4-inch pancakes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium shallots or tiny white boiling onions, finely chopped
3 large (about 1-1/2 pounds) russet potatoes
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons matzo meal or fine dry bread crumbs
salt to taste
fresh thyme leaves, about 1 tbsp (my addition)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
canola oil cooking spray

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook 1 minute to soften. Set aside.
  2. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes for a total of 2-1/2 to 3cups. Place the grated potatoes in a tea towel and wring out the excess moisture. Place the grated potatoes in a large bowl and immediately add the eggs, matzo meal or bread crumbs, and onions, (and thyme leaves, if using). Stir to combine evenly. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel and spray heavily with oil. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Using a heaping 1/4-cup measure for each pancake, pour the batter into the skillet and flatten each slightly with the back of a spoon. Cook about 5 minutes, turning once, until crisp and golden brown. Serve immediately.




  1. Hi Joyce! So late already and you are still blogging! Thank you for being the first to join in this event! :)

    I love love love these potato pancakes! You are such a superwoman, squeezing out all the moisture in the potatoes. I tried once and I couldn't take it because it's so tiring... haha. So I choose to slice them with a knife (lesser moisture compared to grating and longer strips).

    Your pancakes look so yummy, making me so hungry right now!

  2. I LOVE potato pancakes! They are so delicious and these look really great!

  3. These potato cakes would be great with the meatloaf you made yesterday.

  4. Hi Joyce, thank you for visiting, and commenting on my blog! We have mutual friends in common...Zoe is such a sweet and a real nice and caring food blogger friend. All though I did not join 'Little thumbs Up', I do like to check what everyone is making. I love your 'Latkes'...which is the Jewish term for potato pancakes. You made them so perfect, crunchy, and delicious, and they certainly are a yummy breakfast treat for sure!

  5. Love these potato pancakes Joyce look yumm!!!

  6. Hi Joyce, yummy hearty breakfast meal ! Enjoy!

  7. Hi Joyce,

    You are super fast with your potato posting!!! Doreen and I are planning to post something together tomorrow :p

    Nice potato pancakes!!!


  8. Hi Joyce. I love your potato pancakes. I can imagine the taste and this is making me hungry.

  9. Hello, hello Joyce, Good morning!! How wonderful in the morning seeing some wonderful breakfast here in Kitchen Flavours! I definitely would absolutely love to have some of this pancakes for my breakfast and I love the words "old fashioned" because Im an old fashioned person!.

  10. Hi Joyce, this is so healthy and yummy breakfast. I used to make this too but with different version where I just mixed the shredded potatoes with egg, onions and some flour. Yours is very ho jiak and I will try your version one day. Thanks for sharing and regards :)

  11. This was my dad's most loved dish.

  12. Hi Joyce, these pancakes look so good, even better with the rest. Wouldn't mind this breakfast at all....

  13. hahahaha!!! YOU!!! aw... poor thing.. hot weather and you are making pancake.... healthy version of hash brown for me! ^^

  14. Joyce, this is sheer yum! I want them with chilli sauce :)

  15. Oh this is a little bit like rosti, right? Yummy!

  16. You are not lazy, Joyce. Just look, you made some mighty fine looking potato pancakes. Now, I'm lazy, I wouldn't even bother peeling the potatoes no less grating them too! I think someone(s) should take you out for breakfast or, stand over that hot stove!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Joyce. I sure wish I wasn't so lazy because, I LOVE potato pancakes!!!

  17. It is quite a bit of work grating potatoes, but I think the results were well worth the effort!!!

  18. Hi Joyce! So nice of you to be in a hot kitchen on a hot day! Perfect breakfast. The pancakes looks delicious and savory, I'm sure your family enjoyed them. Fresh chives would be a wonderful addition. I'm hungry now! :)

  19. Oh Joyce,
    This look so delicious!!
    I would like to make this for my boys' lunch tomorrow :D
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Hi Joyce! This is a perfect breakfast. I'm going to make too.