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Polish Potato Pancakes Recipe

Similar to pierogi, Potato Pancakes are eaten throughout Poland and loved by all ages.  Potato Pancakes became popular in World War II when there was little to eat, but today they are served as a special treat, especially for children.  We make them with a sour cream, sugar, and lemon topping (recipe below).  If you don't have a lemon for the sour cream sauce, just use sour cream with a dash of paprika.  We also enjoy other toppings for potato pancakes such as apple sauce, Greek yogurt, butter, wild mushroom sauce, or salmon (smoked salmon, capers, red onion, and sour cream).

Polish Potato Pancakes Recipe (Placki Ziemniaczane) 

  • 4-5 large potatoes, peeled and gratedPotato Pancakes Recipe
  • 1 large onion
  • 3-4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (minimum)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sour Cream Topping


Sour Cream Topping

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (or lemon peel from one Meyer lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Potato Pancakes RECIPE 

1.  Using a food processor or hand shredder, grate potatoes and onion using the finest grader.  The finer the potatoes are grated, the better because it is easier to cook.  If you grate the potatoes in larger chunks, you will just have to cook longer and use a little bit more oil for taste.

2.  Squeeze potatoes and onions with hands to remove excess liquid.  

3.  Put grated potatoes and onion in a large bowl and mix with eggs, garlic, flour, marjoram, salt, and pepper.

4.  Heat oil in large frying pan until almost smoking.  Carefully put a large spoonful of the potato mixture into the pan and flatten with a fork.  Repeat until you have 3-4 pancakes in the pan. Fry each pancake until it is golden brown on both sides.  Remove with spatula and drain on a paper towel.

5.  Serve potato pancakes warm with topping of choice.  If using the sour cream topping, simply mix all ingredients together and serve on the side.


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Can anyone tell me what the

Can anyone tell me what the yield and portions sizes for thoese yields are?

Potato pancakes

I have to make these soon! I planned to have them during Lent, like my family always did, growing up, and somehow it got overlooked.

Potato pancakes

I am African and new to Polish dishes. Before I found this recipe, I made these pancakes from instructions I received from someone, it didn't go quite well with my husband. I searched the internet and chose this website for this recipe. My husband was honestly surprised how good the potato pancakes turned out. I have tried it a second time and again went down a treat. I am doing it again today. Thank you very much for sharing :)

So glad you liked them!

So glad you liked them!

Potato Cakes not pancakes

they are known as Potato Cakes not Pancakes. Pancakes in English means something completely different.

Most people think of pancakes

Most people think of pancakes as a flour batter, pan fried and topped with syrup. Technically speaking, it can be used for any type of batter.  Webster's dictionary for pancakes:  "a thin, flat, round cake that is made by cooking batter on both sides in a frying pan or on a hot surface (called a griddle)"

placzki ziemniakami

I believe the word is "placzki ziemniakami," the plural instrumental form of "ziemniaki" is ziemniaKAMI (you drop the "-i," keep the "k", and add the "-ami" ending). Instrumental, btw, in this case denotes "comprised (or composed) of."


You are right, I grew up eating these and that is the correct name.

Stasiu, you believe wrong. It

Stasiu, you believe wrong. It is placki ziemniaczane.

Pancake recipes

I just love to cook and eat pancakes in breakfast and even on holiday. 

all recipes potato cakes

magnificent points altogether, you simply gained a new reader!

Potato Pancakes (Placki ziemniaczane) Recipe - Polish Food

Great post.

potato pancakes

actually, potato pancakes are known in poland for centuries, they used to be poor man food when rich landowner let his peasants pick all rotten, left over potatos (after they finished their work day) they looked bad but were still good enough for frying, both christian and jewish poor ate them although in america they somehow became jewish food

Potato pancakes

I Love Potato pancakes

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