Aug 022018

Rhineland Potato pancakes or Reibekuchen, as they call them in the Rhineland dialect, are a traditional German dish that you can find at street booths, at fairs or in restaurants. It is also called “Kartoffelpuffer” or “Kartoffelkuechle”. You enjoy them with apple compote, mashed apples or Sugar beet syrup. potato pancakes are the best when fresh and hot; they must be a bit crunchy and must be fried in good oil or grease, the best would be clarified butter. Happy Cooking!

rhineland potato pancakes

Ingredients Rhineland Potato Pancakes

1.5 kg potatoes (Gold, yellow potatoes)
2-3 smaller size onions
2 tbsp flour
2 eggs
salt, pepper to taste
4 tbsp clarified butter or sunflower/canola oil

Cooking Instructions Rheinland Potato Pancakes

– Peel potatoes and onions, then grate them fine (don’t boil potatoes).
– Mix potatoes with eggs and flour, add salt and pepper, let rest for 30 minutes.
– Melt clarified butter in a large, non-stick skillet and place 3 pancakes, each one 2 tbsp of the dough, then bake them until golden brown; place on kitchen paper, so the grease is soaked up, then keep them at a warm place until all dough is used up.

Serve potato pancakes with apple sauce or the compote and if you like add some Zuckerrueben sirup (sugar beet syrup is a specialty from the Rhineland, see below)

Apple Compote Recipe
1 kg apples (slightly sour)
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp lemon juice
100 ml water or clear apple juice

Cooking Instructions Compote
– Peel apples, remove core and cut in slices or small cubes.
– Saute apples in melted butter, add sugar and vanilla sugar, add water or apple juice, lemon juice.
– Let it simmer for about 8 minutes, then let cool off.

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  3 Responses to “Authentic Rhineland Potato Pancakes”

  1. I can buy Metturst in the commissary,and online for example

  2. I’m a little confused. I was born and raised in Rhineland Pfalz and never seen where Haferflocken were added to the potatoes. Am I missing something?

  3. I did some corrections, the recipe was not clear. In the Rhineland they use Haferflocken but you also can use some flour. See the recipe now.

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