Polish Potato Pancakes (Placki Ziemniaczane)


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These gorgeous, pan-fried, golden, and crispy Polish Potato Pancakes are easy to make and absolutely scrumptious! Perfect alone or as a side dish! This is a traditional Polish recipe for the best potato patties!

Polish Potato Pancakes

Have you ever heard about potato pancakes/cakes/patties? 🙂 They are especially popular across Central and Eastern European countries. Potato pancakes differ from country to country, but all of them are delicious!

This recipe is a traditional recipe for Polish potato patties – placki ziemniaczane. They are golden and crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and so so yummy! 🙂

In Poland, potato pancakes are served in many different ways:

  • with sour cream, a pinch of sea salt, and chives or green onions,
  • with sour cream, fresh dill, and smoked salmon,
  • with sugar (I will never understand this! 😳),
  • with creamy mushroom sauce,
  • with spicy, Hungarian pork and pepper goulash,
  • with hearty beef stew,
  • with cottage or sheep’s cheese,
  • as a side dish to anything you want!

Although I enjoy eating potato pancakes as a side dish with various stews and sauces, my favorite way is to eat these beautiful patties alone, with a bit of sour cream on top! Absolutely delicious!

These gorgeous, pan-fried, golden, and crispy Polish Potato Pancakes are easy to make and absolutely scrumptious! Perfect alone or as a side dish! This is a traditional Polish recipe for the best potato patties!
These gorgeous, pan-fried, golden, and crispy Polish Potato Pancakes are easy to make and absolutely scrumptious! Perfect alone or as a side dish! This is a traditional Polish recipe for the best potato patties!

What you need

Potato pancakes are simple so you’ll need just a few ingredients. This is truly a budget-friendly recipe.

Here’s your checklist:

  • Potatoes
  • Egg – one is enough.
  • Onion – a small one. Finely grated, not chopped!
  • Plain flour – just a tablespoon.
  • Lard or oil – to fry pancakes. Traditionally, pancakes are fried in lard, but oil works too!
  • Salt and pepper – to season the pancakes. The classic recipe calls just for salt and pepper, and this is the version I like the most. Sometimes, however, I also add dried herbs like oregano or basil, fresh dill, paprika powder, or curry powder.

What potatoes are the best for potato pancakes?

Choose potatoes that contain a lot of starch. If you’re not sure what potatoes you have, do a simple test – slice the potato in half and rub both parts together. If you see a lot of water, it means that potatoes are more suitable for salads, casseroles or French fries. But, when the two halves stick to each other, then potatoes are suitable for pancakes, dumplings, or purees.

These gorgeous, pan-fried, golden, and crispy Polish Potato Pancakes are easy to make and absolutely scrumptious! Perfect alone or as a side dish! This is a traditional Polish recipe for the best potato patties!
These gorgeous, pan-fried, golden, and crispy Polish Potato Pancakes are easy to make and absolutely scrumptious! Perfect alone or as a side dish! This is a traditional Polish recipe for the best potato patties!

How to make the best potato pancakes

Here’s how to make the best potato pancakes!

An overview of the process:

  • Peel and finely grate the potatoes using small holes surface on your grater box. Leave grated potatoes in a bowl without mixing for about 5 minutes. They will release juice. They may get darker, it’s nothing to worry about.
  • Press potatoes with your hand in the bowl and remove all the juice. Crucial tip!
  • Add flour, finely grated onion, egg, salt, and black pepper.
  • Heat the pan with lard or oil. There should be enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Put the portions of mass (1 full tablespoon) on the hot oil and spread it to create a fairly thin pancake. Fry potato pancakes on medium heat until golden and crispy, flip and fry for 2-3 minutes more. The oil has to be hot! If not, potatoes will soak all the oil and will be very greasy.
  • Transfer cooked pancakes onto a plate lined with paper towels. 
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and serve, eg. with sour cream! (more ideas above)

Potato pancakes are the best straight from the pan when crispy. 🙂

For more Polish recipe, take a look here.

These gorgeous, pan-fried, golden, and crispy Polish Potato Pancakes are easy to make and absolutely scrumptious! Perfect alone or as a side dish! This is a traditional Polish recipe for the best potato patties!

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These gorgeous, pan-fried, golden, and crispy Polish Potato Pancakes are easy to make and absolutely scrumptious! Perfect alone or as a side dish! This is a traditional Polish recipe for the best potato patties!

Polish potato pancakes with sour cream and green onions.

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time20 mins

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In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

 500 g Potatoes
 1 Egg
 1 tbsp Plain flour
 1 Small onion (finely grated)
 Salt and pepper
 Oil or lard

1

Peel and finely grate potatoes using small holes surface on your grater box. Leave grated potatoes in a bowl without mixing for about 5 minutes.

2

Press potatoes with your hand in the bowl and remove all the juice.

3

Add flour, egg, grated onion, salt, and pepper. Mix together.

4

Heat the pan with lard or oil. There should be enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Put the portions of mass (1 full tablespoon) on the hot oil and spread it to create a fairly thin pancake. Fry potato pancakes in batches on medium heat until golden and crispy, flip and fry for 2 minutes more. Add more oil if needed before frying the next batch.

The oil has to hot! If not, potatoes will soak all the oil and will be very greasy.

5

Transfer cooked pancakes onto a plate lined with paper towels.

6

Sprinkle with sea salt and serve, eg. with sour cream and chopped green onions!

Ingredients

 500 g Potatoes
 1 Egg
 1 tbsp Plain flour
 1 Small onion (finely grated)
 Salt and pepper
 Oil or lard

Directions

1

Peel and finely grate potatoes using small holes surface on your grater box. Leave grated potatoes in a bowl without mixing for about 5 minutes.

2

Press potatoes with your hand in the bowl and remove all the juice.

3

Add flour, egg, grated onion, salt, and pepper. Mix together.

4

Heat the pan with lard or oil. There should be enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Put the portions of mass (1 full tablespoon) on the hot oil and spread it to create a fairly thin pancake. Fry potato pancakes in batches on medium heat until golden and crispy, flip and fry for 2 minutes more. Add more oil if needed before frying the next batch.

The oil has to hot! If not, potatoes will soak all the oil and will be very greasy.

5

Transfer cooked pancakes onto a plate lined with paper towels.

6

Sprinkle with sea salt and serve, eg. with sour cream and chopped green onions!

Polish Potato Pancakes (Placki Ziemniaczane)

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2 Comments

  1. April J Harris 19 August 2019 at 08:21

    These are beautiful potato pancakes! They look absolutely delicious, Ewa, and I can think of so many ways to serve them. Thank you so much for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 19 August 2019 at 09:03

      You need to try them 🙂 They are delicious!

      Reply

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