Feb 012019

German Potato pancakes or “Reibekuchen” is  a special and typical German dish for all occasions. They are very popular during the “Fastnachtszeit” (during German carnival) and in the Rhineland there is always a booth on the fairs selling them fresh from the skillet. If you like potatoes you should try this simple recipe. In Germany we eat them with apple sauce, and the best is to make apple sauce at home.
Some say that Reibekuchen are made out of raw potatoes and Kartoffelpuffer from cooked potatoes. You can use both versions. Happy Baking!

german potato pancakes


Ingredients Potato Pancakes

800 g potatoes (Russet) (raw or boiled)
2 eggs
2 medium sized onions
2 tbsp flour
clarified butter or taste neutral oil to fry
salt, white pepper, nutmeg to taste

Cooking Instructions German Potato Pancakes

– Peel potatoes.
– Chop onions fine.
– Grate potatoes.
– Mix potatoes with eggs, onions and flour.
– Spice to taste.
– Heat oil/butter in a non-stick skillet and add about 2 tablespoons of the potato mix.
– Flatten it with a wooden spoon.
– Fry each side for about 1 minute.
– Keep the fried pancakes warm but don’t stack them; place them on a plate or baking sheet next to each other.

Serve them on a warm plate and serve with apple sauce or lettuce.

Using Cooked Potatoes
– Boil potatoes, mash them.
– Add 2 eggs, copped onions, chopped herbs (2 tbsp parsley and 1 tbsp fresh or dried marjoram)
– Spice with salt, white pepper, nutmeg to taste.
– If needed add 1/4 cup milk (if dough is not smooth enough)
– Fry them like in instructions above.

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