How to Make Potato Pancakes – Classic Potato Pancakes Recipe

How to Make Potato Pancakes – Classic Potato Pancakes Recipe

Hello this is Chef John from with Potato Pancakes
one of my favorite potato preparations
it’s something I just don’t make often enough
its super easy to make
take two pounds actually I had 2 and a quarter
2 pounds of russet potatos
peel them and then grate them with a cheese grater
into a bowl of very cold water
and i’m also going to grate in half an
onion into the same bowl and by the way
you’ve never cried
until you’ve grated onion, it’s a good cry
alright once that’s done I’m going to add some
more water, fill it up a little more
and these are going to sit in the cold water for
about twenty, thirty mins you don’t need to rinse it
just let them sit there
in the mean time take a couple eggs
some flour
black pepper
a little pinch of cayenne
salt of course
and we’re going to whisk that up until very smooth
and then set that aside
and when our potatoes are ready
drain them, rinse them
put them in a collander and squeeze squeeze
all the water must be squeezed out
so i squeeze it a fistful at a time
and then I press it again with some paper towel
make sure all the water is out
of your potatoes,
it’s the only way to screw this up
is to have wet potatoes
once the potatoes are as dry as humanly possible
add them to a bowl
mix in your egg mixture with a
and that is a potato pancake mixture
ready to fry
it’s an incredibly easy recipe, I told you
I’m going to cover that while I make these
because you don’t want any air to get to the potatoes
if possible, because they do oxidize
this is not something you could store, put
away and it’s going to be good the next day
so you’re going to want to make this stuff
alright now to fry these we’re going to
use a heavy-duty skillet with a good
amount of oil they say a
quarter-inch of oil, I don’t know if you
quite need that much on the bottom but you need
enough oil to come up the side at least halfway up
the pancake
if you want a nice crispy cake, this one
I’m just doing a little test to taste for
salt and we’re going to heat the pan on medium high
and when it’s hot add your pancake mixture
flatten it out, this one is a little smaller than
the ones you’re going to see
but again I’m just tasting it for seasoning I’m going to taste this
Oh man so good and it did need a little more seasoning
so what you want to do, is you want to put your oil in the pan
heat it to medium high when it starts to shimmer
add your potatoes, flatten them down a little bit
they don’t have to be round who says they need to be
round? If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand
times the kitchen is no place for a perfectionist
alright flatten them down to about
half an inch
cook them for about like I said five minutes per
side you want to see the edges get really
crispy and crunchy before you turn ’em
five minutes on the other side and when
I flip them normally I turn them down to
medium because this is raw potato
you got to give it time to cook through if
you keep going on high heat or medium high
the whole way sometimes towards the end
the edges start getting a little too brown
and the middle isn’t quite tender enough
and there you go
I topped mine with smoked salmon, sour cream and dill
a very classic combination
you could do these with apple sauce and sour cream
another even more classic combination
or just plain next to some eggs and bacon
anyway go to the site – the ingredients for the filling
are quite important, so go check those out
and as always

100 thoughts on “How to Make Potato Pancakes – Classic Potato Pancakes Recipe

  1. Just made my first potatoe pancakes. Followed the chef, came out tasting awesome. Never had them before, will make again thanks.

  2. My grandmother used to make German potato pancakes and we topped them with apple sauce, and they were so good.

  3. Hi, (to all my 100% loyal friends/real family and etc……..)

    I have not posted a “content” in a few days(well I have, but just not like “new ideas” ) just random posts, but that is because well I have to get ready and finish up this class thing and stuff.

    So normally on a daily basis I’d most likely would post every single day. But like some times 2-3 days in between probably.

    Well for this post, I wanna talk about
    “dawn of war series” and when I first played it.

    As you all know, the dawn of war series is what got me into warhammer 40k
    (I never even touched the table top board game before, but last time I check on a few YouTube videos it looked super boring like you have to roll a dice and stuff that’s just dumb.)

    Anyhow, yeah and so back then I started the dawn of war series around like 2009-2010 I think.
    I bought the game in GameStop, the physical copy with a disk.
    My first game actually was
    “dawn of war dark crusade” that was the first one that I played. And I played it for like 10 hours a day.
    (you know how I have two 7 wings and so I do everything that I like excessively non-stop)
    (Oh but that’s just like “games and stuff” stuff about commitment and stuff I’m perfectly capable of, and tbh I actually HATE that part of 7’s how they are weak pussy bitches who can’t commit and other stuff, but you get the idea lol.)
    (Oh and also, if any of my 100% loyal friend/real family and etc are 7’s, this doesn’t not apply to you)

    And so to continue, after I spent like a good amount of times on “dark crusade” (like 1-2 months I think) I started to really like the game and then I went out and brought “soulstorm”.

    Yeah and so like the mode that I played was, I played skirmish a lot like by myself.

    And then I played the “online” too, back then there were like 4000-5000 players daily online (I think, or maybe up to 10000, but I don’t really remember the exact number)

    Anyways, yeah it was REALLY fun and I’d really like to just “mess around with people “ in the global chat, so yeah was fun.

    Another thing I really liked to do was
    “design my own army” (well just like decorations)
    They have this “army editor” option where you get to make a custom name, color, symbols and etc…….. to your own liking.

    I really liked the colors “darkish ocean blue and regular white” for a space marines chapter.

    Because it looked REALLY nice and colorful.
    (in max graphics detail, well the graphics back then of course, but yeah.

    And like part of it is like I loved to
    (make my own unique custom army) and then go to multiplayer mode to show off my decorated colors. (4w3). Everyone had like a cool color thing going too and then creative names for their army and then I also had a lot of fun making my own army.

    And then after that was, the actual game. Well my main method of playing was always “defense” and “securing myself from defeat” (which is think is because I’m a 6)
    But part of it is also because I’m an ESFP and back then most players were mostly T’s and so I always lost in 1v1 matches, BUT in matches of 2v2-4v4 I often times did A LOT better, and it’s most likely because I felt “secure with backup of my team”(6’s)
    (And like that’s also why I’m very happy now too because I have the support of my 100% loyal friends/ real family and etc………)

    Anyhow, yeah and so I mostly “always played the defense part” well for a few reasons
    (6’s don’t really like to take risks, I think?)
    But also, it was because a big thing about the game that I liked is that, I just absolutely loved the violence and gore (the cinematic sync kills)
    (And i mean this by how, I see it as
    “visually aesthetically pleasing” idk about you but “ blood in video games” looks pretty/nice and nice to me)
    (And I don’t mean this like “I’m a violent/bad person or whatever, I just like violent games which of course I’m sure like 99% percent of male gamers also like such as call of duty zombies, resident evil and etc…….,., so yeah………..)

    And so yeah, I just liked to build HUGE armies and then I just loved to sit back and watch.

    Like for example sometimes I’d build a huge space marine/imperial base and then have huge space marine/imperial guard army and then have them sit there for hours, leave and the come back to see the computer screen

    “full of dead ork bodies with their guts and blood lying on the floor”
    (There’s an option where , you can
    “choose to show all dead bodies lying on the floor” but it costs more graphics power I think.)

    And that just looked “super badass” and “cool”. And then there was an option to “save the replay” and so I’d save it and then watch again, to see what happened when I was away from screen”.

    Yep, and yeah that was a lot of fun and stuff…….. and the rest was just like interactions with other players
    (or course since playing by myself would be really boring and stuff)
    (Not that “I’m boring” or anything, I’m a SUPER fun/interesting/deep person lol you all know me /get the idea)

    Ok and final thing is that.

    So all of you (all my 100% loyal friends/real family and etc………) know that
    The “original dawn of war series”
    (DOW 1, DOW winter assault, DOW dark crusade, DOW soulstorm)
    (I think that’s the order but not sure so don’t quote me on it or anything)

    So those ones “had a different style” than the 2nd and 3rd one. (DOW 2, DOW 3)

    I always found (DOW 2 and 3) SUPER boring
    (Although I never played 3 before, but like it looks just like 2)

    Anyhow, my point is.

    In the future I’m looking for “relic” to make a game in the same style as the original DOW series
    (which a lot others players also wanted for the DOW 3 game, before it came out but they did not make it like that for some reason)

    And so yeah, that’s just something I’m look forward to in the future.
    (Just putting it out there and stuff.)

    (Oh and of course my job is the # top priority right now and nothing else really matters, but yeah this is just for “in the future” when you all have free time to focus on)

    Yeah and that’s just “all about my dawn of war experiences” and how I got into warhammer 40k series and It’s still
    “one of my favorite series ever”.
    (Well “series” as in “naruto”, “Hunter X Hunter” “warhammer40k”)

    Yeah, you get the idea lol.

    Ok thanks for reading!
    (to all my 100% loyal friends/real family and etc……..)

  4. I squeeze the water out using a linen cloth
    I use the same cloth for straining the last few bits out of stock to be sure it's absolutely clear.

  5. I make it all the time. No onion, I use garlic and black pepper, salt, finely chopped parsley, fry it on bacon or any pork, duck or goose fat, and it's lovely.

  6. Wow have been begging my mom to give me the recipe on how to make my grandma's tasty Potato Pancakes. It seems she doesn't have it… so this'll do!

  7. Ooookaayyy! I made these TONIGHT for my daughter and myself! They were good! I tweeked them a bit, chili powder instead of cayanne and I put jalepeno cheese on top of my daughters with sour cream. YUM! 😊

  8. "The kitchen is no place for a perfectionist."

    Cute statement for all the home cooks, but absurdly wrong. There's a reason the perfectionist chefs have 3 michelin stars.

  9. To (all my 100% loyal family)

    About my last post.
    All of it is true (points to the direction that I’m loyal/committed for life and how it’s what I chose to do with my life and how I’d die happy knowing that I did” and other stuff.
    “all I’m doing is putting the truth into words”


    This is just because of my OCD.

    About the ESTJ 14 everything is still the same right? Like how we’re still getting married and everything else?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!!?!??!



  10. To get a perfectly round potato, first draw a perfect human head, then erase the extra details and bwahla! A perfectly round potato pancake

  11. You're not much of a chef – those are hash browns. 'Tater 'cakes are made from mashed 'taters – usually leftover from last night's supper. Jaysus. Anybody with a camera can call them self a chef or anything else they want to, anymore. Why don't you be a rocket scientist in your next video – maybe leave the planet to people who know what they're talkin' 'bout.

  12. I'm a bit plebian. I like mine with maple syrup. A little applesauce is good on it, at the same time, too. It has that sweet, savory thing going, big time. Yum!

  13. You could show one how to cook liver, and while i wouldn't enter the same room in which they were located – i would STILL watch your video! 😉

  14. Must have done something wrong…The taste was awful. Rather, no taste at all. Flat and dull. Will have to try again cause the results I got were far from satisfying.

  15. This video was made before his well-known Chef John Cadence voice. Lol I'm also LOLing because my German relatives would never have put Cayenne pepper in potato pancakes. They do look delicious though!

  16. Mum used to call this "Mock White-bait"… poor house recipe… never realised that until much later… also liver, kidney, brains, mince, snags etc… cheap as! I still make and Love all! [But some no longer cheap! …I used to feed y Great Dane on Lamb Shanks…. Costly now!]

  17. I have had and made these for nearly 60 years and never put the potato and onion into water, can’t see why this is done

  18. Ow wow they look ao good and easy , i cam totaly do this .

    3 hours later i am sitting in my kitchen, which is coverd with potato shreds and egg mixture and in front of me i have 3 black “potato pancakes” that are somehow still raw inside , is over salted and doesn’t have any paper ( I clearly added paper)

    And that is why guys i do not cook.

  19. Ah yeah, I like to add a little garlic and chives to mine for a little extra zest. Also, I recommend trying sweet potato pancakes, they're just as amazing with a little pinch of cinnamon added 😀

  20. This is why I love this guy. All I have to do is look in my fridge for what I got. Think about it for a few minutes and then search his channel.

  21. My mother grated them very fine. She had a special grater for the potatoes. She didn't mind the oxidation. Instead of the eggs, she beat egg whites and folded them into the potato and onion. She also fried them in butter. The very fine and small grate and the egg white allowed the potatoes to cook quickly and gave them a tenderness and moistness they wouldn't have in this preparation.

  22. Chef John….me looooooves your videos!!!  Your teaching style is out of this world and your voice is so calming!!!  Even if WORLD WAR III broke out….I would sai to myself screw the WORLD….if it's my last day on Earth….I would want to be listening to your awesome videos and chillaxing with a nice brewski!!!  Cosmic Hugs to your dear JOHNKINS…..YOU ROCK!!!iiiii xox😍🍻✌🎸

  23. I started using a potato ricer last year to make my hash browns. would work here. No more ruining tea towels trying to dry the potato.

  24. Chef John, we’ve always served our potato pancakes with sour cream and cold canned peaches. I know it might sound weird, but so delicious!

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