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Issue 1 - July, 2010

Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce / Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelkompott

Page 114

Cuisine: German/Austrian/Swiss | Course Type: Main Courses

(1 review)

Tags: potato home cooking German apples Northern German sweet and salty comfort food kids pancake keeper potato with apple potato pancake

Recipe Reviews

22nd June 2011

friederike from Berlin,

Really really delicious! We regularly had potato pancakes when I was a kid (and back then, I didn't like them as much), but all of a sudden I really had this urge to make them again. This would have been 5 stars, had it not been for so many mistakes and omission...

When I grated the potatoes and the onion, they released a lot of liquid. Although nothing is said about this in the recipe, I decided to sieve the whole thing. And even then I had to add a lot of flour until I thought the mixture had the right texture.

When you fry them, remember to fry them on low temperature and keep checking if there's enough butter - I think that's the way to make them crisp. They should be about 0.5-0.8 cm in thickness (0.2-0.3 inch). And it takes ages until they're done! Use two pans, if you can. Or better three. Or four!

I did wonder how they had turned out if I hadn't grated them finely. Or if, say, I had only grated half of it finely, and the other half coarsely. Probably something I might try next time. And add loads of salt and pepper - remember that you will be eating them with a sweet apple sauce!

The apple sauce was really nice as well. Of course I forgot to buy cinnamon sticks, but adding about half (?) a teaspoon* of ground cinnamon right at the end worked perfectly well.

If you prepare the apple sauce a few days in advance (or just use store-bought one), you can also easily serve this as a midweek dinner, under one condition: that you don't forget to use your kitchen machine grater. Seriously, no-one would be so stupid and grate everything by hand, and only then remember the kitchen machine, right? Absolutely no-one! (err...)

And as for the serving size - 4 servings? Who are you kidding? Rather 1 1/2 or 2...

PS: Oops, forgot to take the photos as I planned - too busy with eating...

* One teaspoon of ground cinnamon is perfectly fine as well but will give a less subtle flavour. I wouldn't add more than that.

Edited 31 August 2011:
Don't add too much flour, it'll make them turn gooey. I'm thinking whether corn starch could be a better alternative to flour, or at least mix of both.
You can also serve them with cranberry sauce, or cream cheese/sour cream mixed with a little garlic and fresh herbs (parsley, chives), though apple sauce is the classic combination.
Don't grate the potatoes in advance - raw grated potatoes turn black on the surface.

Edited 3 October 2016:
An easy way to make this for kids and yet make sure that they eat enough veggies is to add grated carrots (think about 1 part carrots and 3 parts potatoes, in weight). And if you're bored by plain old Kartoffelpuffer, then adding a bit of garlic and rosemary (with or without the carrots) might well do the trick - added bonus: they still go well with apple sauce.

I used about 1.5 cloves of garlic, and 1/2 tsp of rosemary. I also used 2 eggs and 1150 g potatoes, and used a small portionof that to mix with 50 g carrots for my toddler. I used three pans, made them as flat as possible and was busy frying them for about an hour - there must be a better solution than that?

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