German Potato Pancakes

Are you craving some authentic German comfort food? Look no further than these delicious reibekuchen – classic German potato pancakes! Crispy on the outside, pillowy soft on the inside, and so incredibly easy to make at home. One bite of these hearty fried potato pancakes and you’ll be transported to a charming Christmas market stall.

Growing up, potato pancakes were a staple in our home. My mutti (mom) would make big batches of these golden, carby treats that we’d devour piping hot with applesauce or tangy quark (German fresh cheese). Watching her expertly grate the potatoes and fry them up to crispy perfection was pure magic.

While there’s some debate around the difference between reibekuchen (made with raw potatoes) and kartoffelpuffer (made with cooked potatoes or leftover potato dumplings), this classic version uses freshly grated raw potatoes. It’s the simplest, most traditional way to enjoy the comforting flavors of Germany’s “peasant food” turned iconic dish.

Why These Are the BEST Potato Pancakes

Uses straightforward pantry ingredients for big, nostalgic flavor
Double-frying method ensures a crispy, lacy exterior and fluffy interior
Customizable to be served sweet with applesauce or savory with toppings
An easy comfort food recipe that brings Germanic flavors home
Feeds a crowd or makes fantastic leftovers to reheat
The simplest of ingredients like potatoes, onions, egg and flour transform into these addictively crispy, starchy pancake pillows. The shredded potatoes get delightfully crispy around the edges while the insides maintain a melt-in-your-mouth fluffiness.

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Top them off sweet-style with applesauce or brown sugar, or go savory with sour cream, yogurt sauce or bacon bits. You can even mix up the flavors in the batter itself by adding scallions, garlic or spices. The same irresistible crunch with exciting new flavors!

Serve up a batch of these fresh, hot German potato pancakes and you’ll instantly understand why they’re a year-round street food staple. They’re perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a cozy snack. And if by some miracle you have leftovers, they make an even better next-day treat when reheated in a skillet.

How to Make Authentic German Potato Pancakes
Grate the raw potatoes and onion into a bowl.
Mix with flour, egg, salt and pepper.
For extra crispy pancakes, double-fry: Cook patties for 3-4 minutes per side. Let rest while you fry the rest. Then re-fry for 1 minute per side for amazing crunch!
Serve piping hot with desired sweet or savory toppings.

Looking for a taste of Germany at home? Make a batch of these perfectly crispy and nostalgic German potato pancakes! A simple shredded potato batter transforms into crispy-edged, fluffy, lacy and undeniably addictive fritters.

They’re irresistible fresh out of the pan, but I also love enjoying leftovers for breakfast reheated to a second crunchiness! Whether you go sweet or savory on the toppings, these reibekuchen capture the comfort of an authentic German classic.

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