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Potato Pancakes

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Potato Pancakes

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Here's a Depression-era recipe for potato pancakes, submitted by Grammi D:

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings


  • Whole potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Onion bits (optional)
  • Garlic bits (optional)
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Bacon bits (optional)


1. Grate a large, raw baking potato (This takes a few minutes).

2. In a small mixing bowl, add the potato, salt and pepper and any other ingredients that you'd like to include (see above).

3. Form the mixture into patties, and fry in a non-stick pan with a bit of butter or oil. Start cooking on high, but watch the pancakes carefully. When they start to brown, turn the stove down to medium heat. Then, cook for about 10 minutes on each side. Do not turn the pancakes until the first side is browned and crispy. They are a bit fragile until one side is done.

Grammi D says: This recipe was given to me by an 87-year-old woman who grew up during the Depression in New Brunswick, Canada. They lived right on the ocean, so good protein was available. Her mother grew potatoes each summer, and taught her how to make these pancakes. She had an old bowl that was chipped all along the top, which held the flat grater right in place. We made them together a few times in her home in NH. She taught me many frugal things.

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 4 out of 5
Works with leftover mashed potatoes, Member retiredRN

Sprinkle some flour over mashed potatoes, mix this in and make little patties. Fry in butter (this what gives the flavor) My Mom called these potato patties

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