Potatoes are the shit. I could eat them everyday, and for much of my childhood, I did. It a was glorious time. I could eat them many ways: whole, baked, boiled, mashed. Literally the are fruit of the ground (insert Forrest Gump’s Bubba shimp line here).
Polish people have a deep love of potatoes in both solid and liquid form. Potato pancakes are one of those (solid) potato recipes. It’s a simple recipe with few ingredients, yet it is so delicious. The only draw back is that your kitchen, clothes, and hair will take on the pleasant aroma of fried potatoes.
I posted a photo of these potato pancakes in my Polish facebook group (yes, I’m in one) and immediately people were asking me for the recipe. Within a day, i had over 200 likes and 40 comments (not bragging…well, maybe a little). In Polish, potato pancakes are called placki ziemniaczane. My babcias would be proud (of the final product, not the facebook stats because they don’t even know what that is).
Potato Pancakes aka Placzki Ziemniaczane
4 medium/large potatoes, peeled
2 slices of onion
2 garlic cloves
2 + 2 Tbs of flour
Salt, pepper to taste
Peel the potatoes and grate them. I was not in the mood to do that because I usually grate off some skin or nail. I used a food processor and chucked in the potatoes, onion, and garlic. For the onion, I just cut off a couple of rings from the onion…you just want a hint of onion. Once grated, put the mixture into a strainer/sieve to drain the excess liquid (10-15 min).
Add in the 2 eggs and 2 Tbs of flour. Mix well. My mixture was still a bit wet, so I added in another 2 Tbs of flour. The mixture should definitely be quite moist, but not too liquidy. Add salt and pepper.
Heat up a frying pan on medium/high and add up to 1 cm of oil (I used avocado oil). When hot enough, add in a scoop of the potato pancake mixture and flatten it out. You’ll know the oil is hot enough by adding in a small amount into the oil and seeing if it begins to bubble on the sides and fry up.
Fry each side for 3-4 minutes and the put on a wire rack to drain excess oil. I had to readd the oil a few times. This recipe yielded me 16 medium potato pancakes. You can eat them straight up but I topped with plain yogurt and dill. I didn’t have sour cream, which is what’s usually used and also one of Poland’s top condiments. For real. I could eat it by the spoonful. It’s amazing. But if you’re some diva that’s too good for that (pshhh!), then you can add it with gulasz (beef stew) or even a thicker gravy. Some Polish peeps even eat a sweet version and sprinkle with sugar!
For those that say “ewww”, what do you know about Polish food?? Exactly. Stuff your piehole…with a bite of a potato pancake of course 🙂