Monday, October 4, 2010

Potato Pancakes - Recipe of the Week

So there was some murmured disgust with the last recipe I posted. I'll admit Estonian Egg Coffee sounds bizarre, but that's what intrigued me. So this week's installment should be a little more palatable. From The Estonian Cookbook, kartulikotletid or...

Potato Pancakes
Serve with mushroom sauce and fresh salad

4 large potatoes, boiled in jackets
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons flour 
2 eggs
1 teaspoon caraway seeds or marjoram
Flour for coating the patties

butter or oil for frying

Wash, boil, and then peel potatoes. Sauté the chopped onions in butter or oil. Grind the potatoes and the lightly fried onion together. Add the salt, sour cream, flour, eggs, and spices. Mix thoroughly. Form patties and coat them with flour. Fry the patties in butter or oil until light brown. If desired, substitute carrots or beets in place of potatoes.

My mother has always made a potato pancake of her own that differs from this version in several ways. Also I'm not sure in what world caraway seeds and marjoram would be considered interchangeable. But hey this cookbook is from the 70's, and you know how loosey-goosey they were with spices back then. Personally if I make a potato patty I generally just go with pepper. 

Estonian word of the week:
Tere (pronounced dair-uh) 
Definition: Hi or Welcome


  1. Yeah who knows what the chef was smokin' back then. Pepper is the safe bet.

  2. Mushroom sauce sounds good, but you know what sounds even better? Bacon. Oh, and sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onions. I am so hungry right now.

  3. Tere TS,
    I would try this. Although... since you put eggs in your coffee and potatoes and mushrooms in your pancakes, I'll be passing on any breakfast invites that I receive from you.
    Peace Out Homie.
    (That's American for adios amigo.)

  4. Your observation about the 70's was not only funny, it is the worst thing about that decade. Their loosey-goosiness with spices caused untold heartache and heartburn across the poor delicate-stomached masses. That decade should be ashamed of itself, and as punishment should be forced to eat Estonian breakfasts for a month.

  5. Rep, Cotton, well I was going to invite you over for breakfast tomorrow but now...

  6. My favorite Hanukah food! Yummy. Do you have German or Jewish ancestry?

  7. My ex MIL (German) used to make these all the time, but I always found her concoction to be a greasy mess.

  8. potato pancakes I have had, mushroom sauce I have not, will have to give that a try

  9. I like potatoe pancakes but we make them from day old mashed potatoes, the kids love them. Not so sure about all those extra ingredients. My mom was very clever with the leftovers and another meal I have made for my kids is cream of chicken soup from a can over mashed potatoes. Recipes you boys kill me.

  10. This is much better than the last recipe, but if a potato is used for anything other than french fries or potatoe salad, it's a total waste of the potato...

  11. I love potato pancakes with apple sauce. Had some in Philly last month. The shroom sauce sounds like an interesting spin on the long as you are not talking about mushroom stamp kind of sauce. If so, forget I said anything. ;)


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