Potato Pancakes

I just love me anything fried. Along with massive salads it’s one of my favourite types of food to eat. I think mum must have made fried things when we were kids, although we weren’t a chip pan sort of a family. Actually, I’m wrong, we did have a chip pan in the 1980’s. Anyway, I digress, here are some lovely potato pancakes to have for lunch. Mum has always served them with some plain yoghurt, and some homemade apple sauce.  If you grind a bit of salt and pepper on your yoghurt and then top with apple sauce it’s just a great combo.


  • 200g potatoes, peeled. (approx 215g unpeeled
  • 50g onion, peeled and grated (messy but better than chopped)
  • 1 egg white, beaten to a froth but not stiff
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour

Grate the potatoes and put them in a big bowl of water. Swish them around, then drain in a colander. Do this again. Then squeeze out excess water with your hands, and when you’ve got enough out, tip the potato into a clean tea towel. It gets messy but try to dry the potato as much as you can without losing it all over the floor or your hands. Scrape it back into the bowl. It should look dry like this –

Rinse and dry your potato

The beaten white should look like this, frothy but not stiff –

lightly whipped whites

Add the egg white and the grated onion to the potato and season well with s and p.

potato onion and egg

Heat up a heavy frying pan. I find it better to do this before adding the oil. When it’s hot, add some sunflower or rapeseed oil. Don’t stint on the oil or be tempted to use a spray, they may not be crispy or they may stick. This is fried food, get over it. Dollop some serving-spoon sized amounts into the pan. If they don’t sizzle a bit, heat the oil for longer.

This is my favourite bit….Sizzling potato pancakes

Fry for about five minutes until they’re brown underneath and then flip them over and fry another 5. It helps to have two pans on the go to speed things up a bit. Lie them on kitchen roll when they’re done to drain any excess oil, and get folks to eat them while they’re hot, with the yoghurt and apple.

I know people always say this about things they cook but I GUARANTEE they won’t last long. 

flip em over


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