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The Basics: Potato Pancakes

Ever since I ate breakfast prepared by Michael Symon, I can't stop thinking about his potato pancakes. They were the best I've had: crispy and thin with a golden brown crust and subtle onion flavor. Over the weekend I finally broke down and made them.

Potato pancakes are incredibly versatile; they can be served with eggs at breakfast or beside a steak at dinner. Topped with smoked salmon or a dollop of sour cream, they also make a luxurious appetizer.

Once you've mastered the technique, get creative by stirring in grated zucchini or using sweet potatoes. You've already read Symon's tips for making the perfect potato pancakes, and now you can check out his recipe after the break.

Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes

Ingredients

  1. 4 medium russet potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  2. 1 large egg, beaten
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  5. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 medium yellow onion
  8. 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  2. Peel the potatoes and keep them submerged in cold water.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, baking powder, flour, salt, and pepper.
  4. Using the large holes on a box grater, grate the onion and add it to egg mixture. Grate the potatoes onto a clean kitchen towel and wring as much water out of them as you can. Add the potatoes to the egg mixture. Toss so that the mixture is evenly combined.
  5. Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat and melt half of the butter in it. Using half of the potato mixture, shape 4 pancakes, each about 4 inches in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick. Saute the pancakes in butter until each side is golden brown and the interior is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels and keep them warm in the oven while you shape and cook 4 more pancakes using the remaining butter and potato mixture.

Serves 8.

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Comments
xxstardust
xxstardust
Grate in a little carrot, too - it makes them sweeter and soooo good!
CoconutPie
CoconutPie
I have some gravlax in the fridge. I should make those potato pancakes, they would go great together.
chiefdishwasher
chiefdishwasher
Just top with some bacon and a poached egg!!!!
courtneyd
courtneyd
These look like my mom's hashbrowns, except they have a shorter ingredient list - bacon fat, potatoes, salt & pepper. Cook, flip, cook, eat. I might have to have her make some while I'm home for the holidays! :-)
ShedItandGetIt
ShedItandGetIt
I made them for the first time today!! :)
danizzle
danizzle
YES! sweet potatoe pancakes are delicious!! i eat my regular latkes with sour cream, and the sweet potatoe ones with applesauce. yummy yummy! happy hanukkah :)
Leilanic1
Leilanic1
has anyone ever tried making potato pancakes with sweet potatoes instead of regular?
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