Thursday, February 13, 2020

Polish Potato Pancakes #ImprovCookingChallenge

I got the recipe for these potato pancakes from the Polish Village Restaurant in Hamtramck, Michigan.  This restaurant has been around since the Polish Immigrants first settled in Michigan.  My husband's parents had their wedding shower there in 1942.  Guests paid a quarter and got hot dogs and beer.  It was a fun story that Mom would share with us when we would take her out there for dinner.

It is the perfect recipe to share during the Improv Cooking Challenge this month where the theme is Potatoes and Eggs.

Each month Nichole of Cookaholic Wife invites us to join her in cooking up our best recipe containing the two ingredients in that month's theme.  This month the ingredients are Potatoes and Eggs.  

I knew right away that I was going to share this Polish Potato Pancake recipe with you.  They are a family favorite.  We enjoy them quite often for Meatless Mondays or during days of abstinence during Lent.  Sometimes, I just make them to give my husband a special treat.

I like mine topped with sour cream.  Frank prefers topping his with Applesauce.  Frank also always saves at least one that he sprinkles with sugar for dessert.  I think it's a Polish thing.......

When I first got this recipe I was concerned because every other recipe I had ever seen calls for drying the potatoes as much as possible before combining with the other ingredients.  This recipe does not.  It makes life much easier and they are the most delicious potato pancakes you will ever eat.

Before I share the recipe though let's see what the others have brought to this challenge.....

Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, flavored with sweet onion these potato pancakes are perfect for a Meatless Main Course or as a side to Roast Fresh Kielbasa.  You can make them into one large Pancake and top it with this amazing Pork Stew as I shared in my Hungarian Pancake Recipe.  

#potatoes, #eggs, #Polishfood, #MeatlessMonday, #meatless, #Vegetarian,
Potatoes, Meatless Meals, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
Yield: 4 servings

Authentic Polish Potato Pancakes

Authentic Polish Potato Pancakes

Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, flavored with sweet onion these potato pancakes are perfect for a Meatless Main Course or as a side to Roast Fresh Kielbasa.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 40 M


  • 1/2 of a small sweet onion, chunked
  • 3 potatoes peeled and chunked
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 c. flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Sour cream, Applesauce and Sugar for topping, if desired.


How to cook Authentic Polish Potato Pancakes

  1. Place onion and potatoes in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. 
  2. Transfer to a large bowl and add eggs, salt, pepper and flour. Batter should be thick but not too thick, add more flour if needed. 
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over med high heat until hot. Pour about 1/4  c. batter into skillet and cook in batches,  until bottom is browned and top is partially set about 5 minutes.  Flip and cook on other side until potatoes are cooked through and golden, about another 5 minutes.  Keep warm in a low oven until all batter is used.
  4. Serve with Sour Cream, Applesauce and/or Sugar, as desired.


Recipe adapted from Polish Village Restaurant. Cook time is for 3 batches of pancakes.
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  1. My mouth is watering - those look amazing and so comforting!

  2. These look delicious!! I can't wait to try them. And, you're right, I like that you don't have to dry the potatoes. I always hate that step.

    1. I did too so I was excited when I realized this version didn't have it.

  3. These potato pancakes look so tempting!

  4. just like my grandma made 70 years ago and i make now

  5. My Polish mom made them this way…added a tsp of baking powder too…don’t know why though!!!

    1. I don't either but I will try that next time I make them.

  6. There is nothing like placki whether you eat them with sour cream, apple sauce or sugar - they are delicious and great to make on a chilly day.

  7. They looked amazing but were heavy and stodgy. Tried some and threw the rest away. Waste if four eggs.

    1. I'm sorry you didn't like them. This is the most authentic recipe that we have tried. They are heavier than the Americanized versions.

  8. Three potatoes? But what size? They vary enormously so an indication of approximate weight would be useful


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