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Placki Ziemniaczane (Potato Pancakes)

  • Author: Nela
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Cuisine: Polish


A potato pancake thickened with potato starch


  • 3 potatoes (1.5 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon onion
  • 1 small egg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • lard for frying


  1. Peel and dice the potatoes
  2. Add water to blender or food processor with a steel blade attachment, process the potato and onion in two batches
  3. Using the same water for both batches, process in bursts, so the potatoes are grated finely, but not liquefied
  4. Drain the potato mixture; reserving the water, let the water sit for just a minute, the potato starch will settle to the bottom
  5. Pour off the liquid, being careful to leave the starch in the bowl
  6. Add egg, salt, and potato onion mixture to the starch and combine
  7. Heat lard over medium high heat, drop batter 1/4 cup at a time into hot lard, using the back of the spoon to spread out the batter until pancakes are 1/2 inch thick
  8. Cook until brown on both sides
  9. Drain on paper towels