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If you are a fan of potatoes, then you have to try out German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer). This delicious recipe is sure to become one of your favorite dishes. Enjoy the smoky aroma that fills the air as these savory pancakes sizzle in the pan and fill your kitchen with warmth and comfort. The tastiness of Kartoffelpuffer can be enjoyed all year round, as it’s perfect for cold winter days or lovely summer evenings. Plus, it’s simple enough for novice cooks to tackle on their own, so get ready to learn how to make this amazing dish! Happy Cooking!


German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer): Crispy and Chewy Goodness!


German Potato Pancakes, or Kartoffelpuffer, are a vegan-friendly delicacy with a distinct flavor and unique texture. Combining potatoes, flour, and onion, you can create these delectable potato pancakes that taste just like something embedded in German culture. Not only can you enjoy their traditional preparation, but vegans also have vegan variations to spice things up! These vegan recipes involve substituting olive oil for butter while ensuring they stay vegan-friendly by avoiding other animal products such as eggs and milk. There’s something special about German Potato Pancakes that brings out the vegan chef in all of us – why not make them your Sunday night supper?


Vegan German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)

Vegan German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)


Pro Tips!


For the perfect German Potato Pancake (Kartoffelpuffer), the key is to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the shredded potatoes and onions. To do this, squeeze the potato mixture over a strainer or through cheesecloth until it’s extremely dry. Combining the potatoes with flour, cornstarch, nutmeg,  salt, and pepper helps create a firmer texture for frying. You can also add in other vegetables for extra flavor – diced mushrooms, celery, and carrots work well. Finish off by pan-frying each pancake until golden brown on each side and sprinkle with vegan Parmesan cheese for a delicious treat!


The irresistible crispiness is to die for!

The irresistible crispiness is to die for!


German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)


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German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)

German Potato Pancakes, also known as Kartoffelpuffer, these warm and tasty treats are filling, easy to make, and sure to bring a smile to your face. These traditional German snacks are guaranteed to be an instant hit amongst family and friends when served at any gathering - plus they're hearty enough that they can also serve as the main course of a meal. If you're ready to give them a try, then read on for everything you need to know about making Kartoffelpuffer.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine German
Servings 8 servings
Calories 102 kcal


Let's gather the ingredients!

  • cups potato shredded and squeezed
  • 1 medium onion shredded and squeezed
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper ground
  • tsp nutmeg ground
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 sprigs chives chopped
  • ½ cup apple sauce served on the side
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for frying


Let's begin!

  • In a large bowl, add the shredded potato and onions, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, flour, and cornstarch. Mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  • Heat up a shallow pan with oil over medium-high heat.
  • With clean hands, take some of the potato pancake mass and form a firm ball. Then press on a surface to flatten a bit.
  • When the oil is hot, place the pancakes into the pan. Fry them on both sides until golden brown.
  • Take out from the pan into a serving dish. With a kitchen towel, tap excess oil away.
  • Serve warm with fresh chives and a side of applesauce.
  • Enjoy with family and friends!


Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 150mgPotassium: 311mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword German, Kartoffelpuffer, pancake, potato, potato pancakes, vegan
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German potato pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) are an amazing treat! Who knew that such a delicious dish could be entirely vegan? Not to mention, the process of making these fabulous pancakes is relatively simple and straightforward. From the saltier version made with onion and herbs to the sweeter version topped with applesauce or jam, there is something for everyone. In addition to being delicious, these vegan German potato pancakes also have health benefits due to their content of potatoes which provides important antioxidants. Whether you’re hosting a party or just feel like having a comfort food night in, definitely give these vegan German potato pancakes a try – your tastebuds won’t regret it!


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