German Potato Pancake Recipe

A different type of German potato pancake. Reiberdatschi as they are known in Bavaria or Kartoffelpuffer are a potato pancake loved by adults and children alike. More like a hash brown potato recipe but delicious served with apple sauce or compote. Alternatively you can serve a creamy chive sauce.

For a more fruity pancake chop up a ripe pear or apples into cubes and mix with the grated potato.

So if you are looking for a quick and easy vegetarian dish, you may have just found it!

Easy Potato Pancakes


This is the basic recipe, but feel free to experiment with additional flavours.

500g waxy potatoes
2 egg yolks
salt and pepper
freshly grated nutmeg
2 dessert spoons oil

Makes approx 8-10 pancakes

Wash and peel the potatoes and grate finely. Squeeze the grated potato with your hands to remove the excess water and starch. Place in a bowl and then mix with the egg yolks. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Heat a little oil in a pan. Take spoonfuls of the mixture and place in the pan and flatten with the back of a spoon to make little pancakes of about 6-7cm in circumference. Brown the underneath for about 2 minutes until golden brown, turn over and repeat on the other side. Remove the Reiberdatschi and drain on some kitchen paper to remove any excess oil. Cook the remaining pancakes, meanwhile keeping those cooked in a warm oven.



German Reiberdatschi With Ham and Pear

Cube 100g cooked ham and fry in a little oil until golden brown and crispy. Drain on kitchen paper. Peel a pear, quarter and cut into very small pieces. Mix the ham and the pear with the potato mixture and cook as above.

Kartoffelpuffer With Leek

Finely chop 100g leek, preferably the green part, and mix with the potato mixture. Cook as above.


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Zachary - USA

Tremendous website. I lived in Germany for almost 14 years. Your recipes have me excited about getting back into German cooking. Thanks so much!

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