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Potato Pancakes - Polish Platskis - Latkes

Thu May 12, 2011 1:59 pm
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General Info
Servings: 4
Total Cost: $2.70
Cost Per Serving: $0.67
Total Calories: 2,834
Calories/Serving: 708
Potato, Baking * 5.00 Pounds $1.30 2,109
Eggs, Chicken 3/8 Cups 50.00 Grams $0.17 78
Flour, White Unbleached All Purpose 1/4 Cup 1.06 Ounces $0.03 114
Salt, Table 1 Tablespoon 18.00 Grams $0.03 0
Garlic 1 Tablespoon 8.50 Grams $0.04 13
Onion, Yellow Diced 1 1/2 Cup 240.00 Grams $0.53 101
Sour Cream (for serving) 1/2 Cup 120.00 Grams $0.30 240
Apple Sauce (for serving) 1 Cup 260.00 Grams $0.30 180

potato pankcakes

These Polish pancakes are great to have anytime. There are as many recipes as there are Polish grandmothers. This recipe is just something we came up with because apparently those Polish grandmothers do not write anything down.

Makes about 20


  • 5 pounds baking potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt, approx
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic


Assembling - Peel the potatoes. In a food processor with the shredding dish, or using a box grater, shred the potatoes.

potato pankcakesRemove the shredded potatoes from the food processor and place in one large, or two smaller white onions. Pulse until the onion is puréed. Remove from the food processor.

At this stage try to remove as much water from the onion and potato as possible. We use a cheese cloth.

Take half the shredded potatoes and the puréed onion, and place them back in the food processor and purée them together.

Remove the mix from the food processor and place in a large work bowl. Add the remaining shredded potatoes and mix together with a large spoon. Add the salt, the flour and the egg.

skilletOnce the batter is formed, let rest for a few minutes.

Frying - Heat a cast iron or heavy bottomed sautee pan with about 2 cups canola or vegetable oil.

Be careful not to get the oil too hot.

Ladle in a large spoon worth of the batter. About 1 minute each side.

potato pankcakesPull them out of the pan and place on a wire rack over a sheet pan (pictured right). Sprinkle a little salt over each cake.

Eating - These pancakes go great with apple sauce, or why not sour cream and smoked salmon!


Thu May 12, 2011 1:59 pm
Name: Dragons FireHeart | Comment: My mom, her mom, my dad and his sister (all Polish) used to make this all the time. I don't remember any of them adding garlic (something we used in most dishes) in them at all, yet I see it in many online recipes ... And I don't remember any egg in the recipe either. I guess many variations of this awesome dish can be had :) I DO however remember them rinsing the grated potatoes in cold water until the water was clear, and then the cheesecloth lol
I also remember moms knuckles being ripped open a number of times using the box shredder way back when, and when dad took over to let her have a break. Sometimes small things like a recipe such as this trigger some of the most perfect memories of family!
Something I have to ask ... I myself remember them being called Latkes all my life growing up, and being 99.9% Polish (with German and Irish Descent somewhere on dad's side), I would think the family would not call it by a wrong name...I am wondering if in some parts of the old country, they had different names for the same dish? I see it called Platskis most of the time nowadays, but I still call them what my grandmother did - Latkes :)
~*~ Awesome recipe overall though, thanks! ~*~

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