German Potato Pancakes, known as Kartoffelpuffer or Reibekuchen, are a cherished and traditional dish in German cuisine. These crispy, golden delights are made from grated potatoes and onions, blended with a few simple ingredients. They are a staple in German culinary culture, often enjoyed at festivals, Christmas markets, and family gatherings. Originating as popular street food in 19th-century Berlin and Cologne, they have since become a beloved part of German culinary heritage.
These versatile pancakes can be served in various ways. Traditionally, they’re paired with apple sauce or sour cream, offering a tangy complement to their crispy texture. For a savory twist, try them with smoked salmon or cured meats. Complete the meal with a fresh green salad or sauerkraut for a refreshing, tangy side.
German Potato Pancakes Recipe:
1 pound potatoes, peeled and grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
Optional toppings: apple sauce, sour cream, smoked salmon, or sauerkraut
Optional sides: green salad or sauerkraut
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