Recipe Review: Homemade Potato Pancakes
During my search for some recipes that are simple to make, use few ingredients and would be perfect to make while visiting the family in Albania I came across Potato Pancakes.
There are a lot of recipes out there but one that caught my eye was this lovely potato pancake recipe posted by Natasha’s Kitchen.
Mash potato is a big hit in our house, my kids love it and we find it great a side dish to many Albanian recipes. We don’t very often have left overs but when we do it normally gets forgotten, dries out and well, binned.
This potato pancake recipe means you can use up the left over mash but actually once we had this the first time, I ended up making mash the second time just to be able to make them.
The recipe is very quick to make which is great news for the kids (although I allowed 30 minutes for the mash potato to cool as I cooked mine up fresh and didn’t use left overs). The chives are a great touch, most recipes use green onions and I found the chives were a welcomed difference. The textures are complimentary with being crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside.
The recipe is simple, just boil, mash and cool the potato. Mix in the rest of ingredients, roll into breadcrumbs and fry. However, I did find that the pancakes were really delicate to handle especially when trying to coat them with breadcrumbs if the mash is a little too creamy. Fear not as there is a simple solution if this happens to you… I found the recipe states to make the potato into patties before coating in breadcrumbs. I found it easier to take the ball of mash potato and roll it in breadcrumbs first, then shape it into the patty after. I also sprinkled on a little extra breadcrumbs before putting into the pan too.
I also found that the potato pancakes take in a lot of oil while frying so ensure you have some kitchen roll on a plate to put the potato cakes on when you remove them from the pan.
Apart from those couple of findings the recipe is a big hit, really big. Queue husband walking through the door – “Oh, what are these? Yum”… (so much for being for the kids dinner). Everyone loved them, they went down really well.
Natasha’s Potato Pancakes Recipe is in American measurements so I’ve added the UK measurements, plus I’ve added some notes for what I changed the second time round.
- 4 cups mashed potatoes* – I used 1.5 kg jacket potatoes before peeled.
- 2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese – I used 200g grated.
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup flour (or up to 1/2 cup flour for creamier potatoes) – I used 60g.
- 2 to 3 Tbsp chives, chopped
- 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs – I used 100g.
- Light Olive oil or Canola oil to sauté
I also seasoned with salt and pepper and through in some finely chopped basil.
The recipe calls for Sour cream to serve, which is great as it compliments the chives however BBQ Sauce or Tomato Ketchup are great too!
Thanks Natasha for a great recipe!