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How to Make Easy Potato Pancakes Just Like Mom's

Old family recipes make the most satisfying meals and are always a hit with family and friends. Here are some of Stephanie's favorites.

Potato Pancakes With Applesauce and Sour Cream

Freshly prepared potato pancakes served with applesauce and sour cream.

Freshly prepared potato pancakes served with applesauce and sour cream.

Potato Pancake Recipe - A Childhood Favorite

Potato pancakes have been one of my favorite dishes since childhood when my mother would make them. My mother was not only a good cook, but a frugal housewife. And I’m sure that having potato pancakes now and then was not only a way to give us all a treat, but a way to save money by having a meatless meal. A supper of crispy-edged potato pancakes is still a deliciously simple and inexpensive meal.

There are two schools of thought about how potatoes should be prepared for this dish. Some people like to shred the potatoes, which gives more texture to the pancakes. I like the potatoes finely grated for a smoother texture. When Mom made these for our family, she grated the potatoes by hand on a vegetable grater. My brother and I would help peel and grate them sometimes, and I remember having painfully scraped knuckles after trying to grate too small a piece of potato. We were not allowed to put the chunks of potato into the batter because they wouldn’t cook properly, so anything that couldn’t be grated would be thrown away.

Using a Blender for Quicker Preparation of Potato Pancakes Recipe

When our boys were young, we often made potato pancakes as a Sunday night treat to end the weekend. While we sometimes had a side of sausage, potato pancakes were usually just served with plenty of homemade applesauce and sour cream.

As teenagers, our boys could devour endless helpings of potato pancakes, and preparing the grated potatoes by hand was just too time consuming. I looked for an easier and quicker way to make them, and came upon a recipe that could be prepared in my blender. I’ve used this recipe for years to make potato pancakes just like Mom used to make–only easier!

Depending on the appetites at your dinner table, you can increase this recipe proportionately. If everything doesn’t fit into the blender at one time, process whatever will fit into the blender, pour it into a large bowl and blend the rest. Then just mix it all together to be sure the ingredients are evenly distributed.. This method works well if you are doubling the recipe for a larger group or bigger appetites.

Fry Potato Pancakes in Hot Skillet

Fry potato pancakes for 1 or 2 minutes on each side until done.

Fry potato pancakes for 1 or 2 minutes on each side until done.

A Two-Skillet Job

While you can fry a few pancakes at a time and put them in the oven to keep warm, you’ll lose the crispness on the edges by doing so. We like to have two skillets going, cook up enough for one round for everyone, sit down to eat them, then cook another batch. It sounds a little disorganized, but they are absolutely the best when you eat them as soon as they are done.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour

20 min

1 hour 20 min

Serves 4

Ingredients for Blender Potato Pancakes

  • 5-6 cups raw potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions for Blender Potato Pancakes

  1. Place onion, eggs, four, salt, baking powder and half the potatoes into the blender and turn on pulse until batter is well blended.
  2. Empty all but a cupful into a bowl and add the remaining potatoes to the blender. Blend until smooth and empty into the bowl. Mix the two batches together so that all ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  3. Heat about 3 or 4 tablespoons of oil in a skillet on medium high heat. When oil is hot, ladle batter into skillet using about 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake. I usually make pancakes about 3-4 inches across, but that's a matter of personal preference. If you're feeding several people, you may want to use two skillets or a pancake griddle so that you can cook more at a time.
  4. Fry pancakes for about 1-2 minutes until the top looks dry, then turn and fry on the other side for a minute or two. Serve immediately.

Potato Pancakes With Applesauce and Sour Cream

Mmmm...crispy edged potato pancakes for supper tonight!

Mmmm...crispy edged potato pancakes for supper tonight!

Enjoy Your Delicious Dinner

Serve potato pancakes with a side of applesauce and sour cream. If you prefer to serve meat with this meal, sausage links or Canadian bacon go well with it. Mmmmm.....

Questions & Answers

Question: Can you use a food processor instead of a blender to make potato pancakes?

Answer: Sure. I always use a blender because I don't have a food processor, but I don't see why not.


Spincat on December 08, 2018:

Best recipe for potato Pancakes I’ve tried so far

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 20, 2015:

This looks delicious! I haven't had potato pancakes in a long time. I've been craving them. I remember how my mother made them with leftover mashed potatoes and added applesauce to it in the end. I would love to make them someday for old times sake. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 25, 2014:

precy anza - I hope you enjoy them soon!

precy anza from USA on June 24, 2014:

Yummy! I should try making this. I always get those ready to make potato pancakes.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 24, 2014:

Lovebuglena - Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping in!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 24, 2014:

LeslieAdrienne - I'm sure you'll love this if you like potatoes, and it's so easy to make!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 24, 2014:

Missolive - Thanks so much for the pins and shares! I am enjoying a lovely summer with lots of beach time. Hope you are having a good summer also!

Lena Kovadlo from Staten Island, NY on June 24, 2014:

Looks so good! Can't wait to try it!

Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on June 24, 2014:

OOOOOOH My!!! Gotta try this.. I love potatoes! Thanks for sharing.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 24, 2014:

Hi Stephanie! Great recipe! I just pinned this to my 'Beautifully Delicious' board and voted 5 stars. I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 24, 2014:

Marie Flint - I think that when you grate it like that, the pancakes are a lot thicker and need to be cooked longer. Good both ways, though.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 24, 2014:

Denise Handlon - I think you'll enjoy it, Denise. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the beach on this beautiful day! :)

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on June 23, 2014:

I like to make mine with an old fashioned grater, giving it a hash-brown texture, but all in one piece, as it is a pancake. If I remember correctly, I'd fry it about 6-8 minutes on one side, then flip it. I especially loved the crunchy edges. Great with a little ketchup.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 23, 2014:

Yummy-I'll have to bookmark this recipe, Stephie. Thanks for sharing. Up/A/ and I Sharing.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 23, 2014:

AudreyHowitt - Mine, too! Thanks for stopping by, Audrey!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 23, 2014:

Hezekiah - If you give it a try, I'm sure you'll enjoy potato pancakes! Thanks for your comment!

Audrey Howitt from California on June 23, 2014:

One of my all time favorite foods!!

Hezekiah from Japan on June 23, 2014:

Thanks for the receipe, we just dont get stuff like this in this part of the world. I used to eat it a lot in the UK though. Will give it a try.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 23, 2014:

divacratus - If you've never had potato pancakes, you're in for a treat. Hope you like them!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 23, 2014:

LadyFiddler - Potato pancakes are different from ordinary breakfast pancakes, but I think you'll like them a lot. Enjoy!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 23, 2014:

Chef-de-jour - Thanks so much for your comments. Of all my recipes, I love the ones that have been handed down to me from my mother and grandmother the best.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 23, 2014:

Vocalcoach - I know you'll love them! Enjoy!

Kalpana Iyer from India on June 23, 2014:

I have always loved pancakes but have never had potato pancakes. Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe. Will try this out soon.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on June 23, 2014:

This sounds interesting I've never heard of Potato pancake before. I love pancakes though.

Thanks for sharing

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on June 23, 2014:

These look so good. Recipes like these are worth more than their weight in gold! Simple and straightforward yet with great potential.

Thank you. An original kitchen classic.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 23, 2014:

I'm a vegetarian and will make these for dinner tomorrow. Yummy!

I will also keep two skillets going to keep the pancakes crispy and hot. Thanks Stephanie.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 23, 2014:

PegCole17 - It's funny how certain foods bring back childhood memories. Potato pancakes do that for I must make some for dinner tonight! :)

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 23, 2014:

I like the backstory about your Mom and the pictures were mouthwatering. Makes me hungry.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 02, 2013:

Vacation Trip - Hope you enjoy this potato pancake recipe as much as my family and I do! Thanks for your comments!

Susan from India on July 01, 2013:

Wow. These Potato Pancakes looks very delicious and is making me feel hungry. Can`t wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 09, 2013:

scottymb - I know what you mean! When I browse recipe hubs, I get the urge to eat! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get a chance to try this potato pancake recipe...I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

scottymb on April 09, 2013:

I need to stop reading hubs like this around lunch time. It makes me too hungry! I'll have to try this recipe sometime. Thanks :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 30, 2013:

LisaWilliamsj - LOL, pictures of yummy foods always make me hungry, too! I know you'll enjoy these easy to make Potato Pancakes! Don't forget the sour cream and applesauce!

Lisa Chronister from Florida on March 30, 2013:

This looks so good, my stomach is rumbling! I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing, I voted up!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 30, 2013:

LaThing - If you've never had potato pancakes, you're in for a treat. Enjoy the recipe and thanks for your comments and votes!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 30, 2013:

Midget38 - I know you'll enjoy these easy to make potato pancakes! Thanks for stopping in to comment and share!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 30, 2013:

Teaches12345 - These are so easy for a quick, light supper, and just as tasty as they look. Enjoy!

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on March 30, 2013:

Never had potato pancakes..... Looks interesting and I can tell they taste great! Will give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.... Voting up and useful.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 30, 2013:

Potato has always been my favorite in any form, and I love these! Sharing, Stephanie!

Dianna Mendez on March 29, 2013:

I my goodness, I would love to have these tomorrow! Your photo really sold me on this idea. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 17, 2013:

Donnah75 - I think this is much easier than grating. The batter is somewhat thin, but the added flour thickens it a little. You could always add a bit more flour if it's still too thin for you. Good luck with it...hope you and your husband enjoy some potato pancakes real soon!

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on March 17, 2013:

This looks easier than grating! Was the batter thin? My hubby likes a thicker batter, and we can never get it quite right. I will try this to see how it goes. Thanks!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on February 25, 2013:

Hi Annette - There's nothing like recreating a favorite recipe to remind us of the comfort and good food we shared in Mom's kitchen. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, and hope that you'll like this potato pancake recipe as much as we do! Thanks for stopping in to visit!

Annette R. Smith from Ocala, Florida on February 25, 2013:

I absolutely LOVE potato pancakes. Your hub reminds me of the wonderful (shredded) potato pancakes that Mom used to make for my brothers and me. Thanks for the recipe and the little memory walk!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 31, 2012:

Hendrika - My family loves these potato pancakes - hope you enjoy them, too!

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on August 31, 2012:

I love this easy method you have to make the potato pancakes. I am going to give it a try, it sure makes it sounds way easier than any other method.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 28, 2012:

Hi Moonlake,

I love potato pancakes, too! In fact we just made this recipe last night and it was sooo good! Thanks for the comment and votes!

moonlake from America on March 28, 2012:

They look great I love potato pancakes. The blender sounds like a good idea. Voted UP

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 17, 2011:

Midnightbliss, Do try it, I think you'll enjoy potato pancakes using this easy recipe! Thanks for your comments!

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on October 17, 2011:

i haven't tried to make potato pancakes before but with this easy recipe, i thinks its time to male one. lols

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 16, 2011:

JamaGenee- While cooked potatoes are good when fried, they are totally different than potato pancakes made from raw potatoes. I think you'll enjoy these blender potato pancakes, and they're easy to make, too! Thanks for your bookmark and votes!

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on October 16, 2011:

My mother made Potato Pancakes from leftover mashed potatoes, never from scratch as you do. Hers were "okay", but yours sound positively yummy. Voted Up and Awesome, and bookmarked for future ref. ;D

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 16, 2011:

Pancakes are one of those foods that remind me of good times with the family. Hmmm...Now that you mention it, potato pancakes sound like a good idea for Sunday night supper! Hope you enjoy your potato pancakes, Peggy! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments and votes.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2011:

Oh my! My mouth is watering! Homemade applesauce and potato pancakes is a real treat. Will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and useful.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 15, 2011:

Hi Kitty, It seems that most people learned to enjoy potato pancakes when their moms or grandmothers made them. But there's still time... hope you enjoy them if you give them a try!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on October 15, 2011:

Believe it or not I've never had potato pancakes before, but these look delicious and sound super yummy. Voted up and useful, Stephanie. You're making me hungry!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 10, 2011:

iZeko - Whether you make these in a blender or grate the potatoes by hand, the potato pancakes will be delicious! But do be careful if you grate them by hand! Thanks for stopping by to comment. Hope you enjoy the potato pancakes!

iZeko on October 10, 2011:

I’ve never tried potato pancakes but like the idea and how they look. I’ll give them a try. I may even add some scraped knuckles to the mix, just like your mom used to do ;-))

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 06, 2011:

Aeron - These potato pancakes are a great weekend treat! Enjoy!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 06, 2011:

Randomcreative - Potato pancakes seem to bring back many childhood memories. I know that my mother made many dishes that I don't want to fuss with, and I was glad to discover that I could made easy potato pancakes in my blender. You're right - applesauce and sour cream is all you need!

Aeron Wright on October 05, 2011:

This recipe seems easy to cook and it looks yummy. Most probably I am going to try it out during this weekend:)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 05, 2011:

My mom made pancakes when I was little, too. Applesauce and sour cream is all that you need with them!

marellen on October 05, 2011:

Thanks Stephanie.......You can tell I have the patience of

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 05, 2011:

Marellen - My face is red! Thanks for noticing that I omitted the number of eggs from the potato pancake recipe - it calls for 4 eggs, and I've made the correction above! Hope you enjoy!

By the way, all three of your comments showed up - I deleted the duplicates!

marellen on October 05, 2011:

These sound great. How many eggs did you use? I have always wanted to try these and I love how easy you made this and will give them a try.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 05, 2011:

Hi Claudia,

You are in for a treat if you've never tried potato pancakes before. I hope that you and your mom enjoy them!

Claudia Tello from Mexico on October 05, 2011:

I've never heard of potato pancakes before. They look delicious. I reckon my mom would love them. I love the fact that you can prepare the mix in a blender. Quick and easy.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on October 05, 2011:

Yum - looks delicious and easy. As the mom of 4 kids, I think they will love potato pancakes (and homemade applesauce). Bookmarking this one!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 05, 2011:

Hi PracticalMommy, I'm sure your hubby will like them, and they're practical, too! You'll find these potato pancakes to be quick and easy as well as tasty. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Marissa from United States on October 05, 2011:

My hubby would love these! This recipe seems so easy compared to what I have tried before. Thanks for sharing! I love getting ideas for dinner. :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 05, 2011:

Hi Gail,

This is such an easy way to make potato pancakes. From start to finish, it only took a half hour to make these potato pancakes and get this meal on the table. I think your Hubby will enjoy them for dinner soon! Thanks for commenting and voting!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 05, 2011:

Hi Susan, I like to have about two meatless meals each week, and potato pancakes are a nice option. I hope you enjoy them!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 05, 2011:

These look yummy. Hubby loves potato pancakes but we've never made them from scratch. We also only eat them on special occasions. This recipe looks easy and well worth a try next time we have them.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful and will be bookmarking.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 05, 2011:

Enjoy them, Marek! This potato pancake recipe is easy and makes a nice change of pace for supper.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 05, 2011:

Wow these look great and I was thinking about a meatless meal for tomorrow night. Thanks for the recipe. How many pancakes would you say this recipe would make going by the size you have in the pan?

marek504 from California on October 05, 2011:

This sounds great. Will have to try the recipe.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 05, 2011:

Hi Ann, The potato pancakes were yummy! I took the photos just before we sat down to a supper of homemade potato pancakes last night! Mmmm... Thanks for stopping by to comment and vote!

annmackiemiller from Bingley Yorkshire England on October 05, 2011:

these look yummy - thanks for sharing the recipe - voted up and stuff

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