Authentic German Potato Pancakes (Deutsche Kartoffelpuffer)

You are in for a real treat. My authentic German potato pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) are a classic German dish that is loved by almost everyone. They are especially popular during the colder season.

Not only are these German potato pancakes so tasty with their crunchiness but they are also incredibly easy to make.

Best of all, they are ready to eat in no time.

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peel raw potatoes
peel the potatoes

All you need to make my yummy German potato pancakes are raw potatoes, salt, a little bit of flour, and oil for frying.

Oh, I almost forgot, and some manpower to grate the potatoes. But don’t worry, it is not too bad.

grate potatoes
use the small teardrop holes

Please use the small teardrop holes on your four-sided grater for a finer result. It should only take around 5 minutes to grate 3 large potatoes.

If you want to make more German potato pancakes, simply grate more potatoes.

add flour to grated potatoes
add flour to the grated potatoes

You will only need to add two to three tablespoons of flour plus 1 teaspoon of salt. Traditionally, we eat Kartoffelpuffer with sugar and/or apple sauce.

If you would like to serve them with a salad, I would add pepper and finely grated onion to our potato pancake mix.

grated potatoes
the grated potatoes will change color

Don’t worry if the grated potatoes change their color a little bit. They will look greyish after a while. That is normal and won’t affect the taste or quality of the German potato pancakes.

Make sure to add a good amount of oil to a non-stick frying pan. But please, don’t drown the pancakes in the oil.

german potato pancakes
fry the potato pancakes in vegetable oil

You can choose how big or small you want the pancakes to be. It really is up to you.

Gently fry them on medium heat until you see that a brown edge is forming. That is the sign to flip the pancakes. It can take a few minutes so you need to be a bit patient.

keep warm in a single layer

Once they are cooked keep the warm in the oven until you have used up the whole batter. Make sure to keep the pancakes in a single layer so they don’t lose their crunchiness.

Watch my cooking video here, to hear for yourself how crunchy these German potato pancakes are.

kartoffelpuffer with sugar and apple sauce
serve with sugar and/or apple sauce

I do love my German potato pancakes with sugar and apple sauce. I would say that’s how most Germans enjoy them. As mentioned earlier, for a more savory pancake, you could add pepper and a finely grated onion.

I do hope you will enjoy this recipe and give it a try. Please let me know in the comments how you liked this classic German dish.

Guten Appetit!

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