Polish Potato Pancakes

placki ziemniaczane 1 (29) kopiaPolish Potato Pancakes “Placki Ziemniaczane” as many of typical polish meals include potatoes as a main ingredient. Potato is the most popular vegetable in Poland, though I am fully aware that most of people see it more like a starchy crop than a veggie.

Don’t forget potatoes have lots of vitamins and minerals and I have to admit- are my favorite foods either as a side or as a main dish.


In this video I will show you traditional ‘hand made’ method of making Potato Pancakes:

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-4 medium potatoes
-1 egg
-1 medium onion
-2 tbsp of starch or all purpose flour
-salt and pepper
-oil (for frying)





1. Peel potatoes and grate on a thick side (some people set aside to get rid of water but I don’t do it).
2. Chop onion and add to potatoes.placki ziemniaczane 1 (20) kopia
3. Mix in egg, salt, and black pepper. Add enough flour to make mixture thick, about 2 to 4 tablespoons all together.
4. Mix all well.
5. Heat 1/2 inch oil in the bottom of a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Apply with a large spoon or pour with a saucer the mixture into oil, and flatten to make 1/2 inch thick pancakes. Fry, turning once, until golden brown. Transfer to paper towel lined plates to drain. Repeat until all potato mixture is used.


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Potato pancakes can be served with Beef Stew (my favorite), Mushroom Sauce, sour cream, ketchup (like french fries) or sugar (yes, some people eat it sweet!).

2 thoughts on “Polish Potato Pancakes

  1. These look and sound really yummy! I am searching for Polish recipes as our family is trying to eat foods to go along with the different nations that win Gold Medals at the Olympics. Since Poland won in ski jumping today we plan to eat Polish food tomorrow. Today we ate Canadian food. It is rather fun.

    I saw that your name is Ula. That is very cool to me as one of the major role models in my life was named Ula. She died last year at the age of 98 but she was a wonderful woman! She didn’t know the heritage of her name but I am wondering if it was Polish?

  2. We are inviting a polish Priest to dine with us in 1 week. We would like to make him something easy to make from his country. Can you send me a recipe for chicken or meat , I would serve it with potato. How about some salad or vegetables too? Do you know also about a very easy dessert? I would appreciate you sending m some recipes. Thank you, Gina

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