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Potato pancake

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Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato, flour and egg, often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. Potato pancakes may be topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream) to the sweet (such as apple sauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes to produce pancake-shaped croquettes.

History


Potato pancakes are commonly associated with traditional cuisines of Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Belarus, Germany, Poland (as placki ziemniaczane), Ukraine, Ashkenazi Jewry, Hungary, Slovakia, Persia and the Czech lands, although other cuisines (including those of India and Korea) have similar dishes, such as Gamjajeon. It is also the national dish of Belarus. In Ukrainian, Belorussian and Russian cuisines, potato pancakes are commonly known as deruny (Ukrainian: деруни) or draniki (Russian: драники, Belarusian: дранікі). Throughout Germany, potato pancakes are also very common under the names Reibekuchen or Kartoffelpuffer, and they are eaten either salty (as a side dish) or sweet with apple sauce and cinnamon; they are a very common menu item during outdoor markets and festivals in colder seasons.

The Rösti from Swiss cuisine differs in so far as it never contains egg or flour.

A form of potato pancake known as 'Boxty' is a popular traditional dish in most of Ireland. It is made in a similar way but using more starch.

The Swedish version of unbound potato pancakes is called rårakor. When prepared with a batter of wheat flour, milk, egg, and shredded potatoes and fried like thin pancakes, they are called raggmunk, which literally translates as "hairy doughnuts" (the grated potatoes make them look hairy). Both kinds are enjoyed with fried bacon and lingonberry jam.


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References

Potato pancake, en.wikipedia.org

A recipe for draniki: Potato Pancakes from Belarus, www.simpleenglishnews.com

Main Course Accompaniments Draniki, www.celtnet.org.uk