Tuesday, September 1, 2015

French Fry Pancakes (Potato Latkes)

A couple months ago I bought my husband a julienne peeler so he could make more zoodles dishes. It's kind of sad how much we love zoodles...

But, being who he is, he got bored with zoodles and wanted to find something else to do with the peeler. Letting his brain juices run wild he got stuck and ended up fixated on potatoes. Kind of boring, right? That's what I thought too, but the final product ended up amazing.

He made potato latkes, or potato pancakes. They're a simple dish, akin to a hashbrown, but so flavorful, crisp and satisfying. My picky six-year-old daughter loved them and called them French Fry Pancakes, which they kind of are.

These potato latkes work well for breakfast or dinner. They're a fantastic replacement for any potato side like mashed or baked potatoes, and add a nice textural element to a meal. And, yes, they also taste amazing dipped in ketchup.

4-5 medium potatoes
1 egg
3 Tbsp flour
Garlic salt
Onion powder


  1. Peel the potatoes, then use a julienne peeler, spiralizer or shredder to shred the potatoes into thin strips. Place all strips into a medium bowl.
  2. Add the egg, flour, spices and parsley (amount of spices and parsley varies according to taste, but not more than 1/2 teaspoon of each). Mix well with your hands.
  3. Heat an electric griddle to 400 degrees and add a little vegetable oil.
  4. Form the potato pancakes by measuring out 1/2 cup of the potato mixture. Place on the electric griddle and press down firmly with the spatula to form a pancake.
  5. Fry on each side for about 6-8 minutes or until the potatoes turn a golden brown and get firm.
  6. Place on a paper towel lined plate to let excess oil drain.

At first glance these may seem dry, but the amazing thing is they're really not. The potato latkes are crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. They're a great side that kids will love as much as your inner kid.
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Jaclyn Anne said...

I love potatoes and cannot wait to try this recipe. I never made potato latkes before!

Julie is Coco and Cocoa said...

I've never thought to make my own latkes, but I'm going to try now!

Crystal said...

You can never go wrong with a potato-based meal! These sound awesome. Like you guys, I want to mix it up with something other than zoodles.

kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com said...

So. Much. Goodness!! These look amazing!

Jeanine said...

Yum. These look delicious. I've never made these and I don't think I've ever had them before either. I bet my kids would love them!

Cathy Mini said...

Mmm your latkes look awesome! Pinning to make them later!

A Day in Candiland said...

They sound delicious and if you can get your children to eat them all the better.

Liz Mays said...

I can see this going over very well at my house. They sound wonderful!

Natasha said...

I love trying new recipes. It would be nice to do something different like this with potatoes. Thanks for the great write-up!

Nicole Escat said...

You make me hungry right now, I wanna grab it from my screen lol!!! This is delicous and Tasty I'm sure.

Hodge Podge Moments said...

These look surprisingly good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

Yona Williams said...

French fry pancakes sounds like a fun meal to make. I personally like dishes that have a bit of crunch to them like that, especially when potatoes are involved.

Living a Fit and Full Life said...

This looks yummy! I'd love to try it!

Doused In Pink said...

These look delicious! I'm going to try them!

Doused In Pink

Emily @ The Benson Street said...

These look delicious. What a great way to enjoy some potatoes. Thanks for stopping by and linking up at the Monday Funday Party!