Corner View "White"

One of my favorite holiday memories is going to the Christmas market in Germany with my husband.  There is nothing more magical.  The twinkeling lights hanging from the wooden huts in the dark northern skies. Fluffy white snow crunching below boot laden feet.  Craft booths selling everything from homemade honey to wooden toys, but a Christmas market wouldn't be a Christmas market without food.  Gingerbread hanging in heart shapes on red ribbons, roasted almonds covered in vanilla sugar, wurst, and potato pancakes. Traditionally in Germany they are served with applesauce. Our house it divided: my husband loves them with applesauce, I love them with sour cream, and the children love them with ketchup.  They really are so simple to make. 

4 large potatoes shredded
2 eggs whisked to break the yolks
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 leak chopped finely
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
6 Tablespoons of flour

Oil for frying.  I used olive oil, but you can use vegetable oil.  Just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.  We aren't deep frying these.

In a bowl combine everything but the oil.  With a 1/2 cup measurement cup scoop mixture into your palm of your hand and form a small patty as if you were making a hamburger.  Then gently lay in your heated oil.  Oil should be heated on medium.  Too high and you will burn them and they will be raw on the inside.  Cook until golden brown then flip and cook until golden brown on other side.  I like mine extra crispy, so I leave in pan just a little longer.  The trick really is to leave them alone as long as possible because if you flip them too early they will fall apart. You can place these on a paper towel and place in your oven at 200 to 250 degrees until you have cooked all of them to serve everyone at the same time.  My family just steals them as quick as I can get them out of the pan.  Enjoy! 


tinajo said…
Lovely memories - and that looks good! :-)
Shauna said…
I love the sound of the markets. And these are so good. I'm with you and the sour cream. Sour cream is so good. Take care,

Shauna xoxoxxoo
Kari said…
thanks for the recipe.
we're heading over to Germany next week and I'm looking forward to the Christmas markets.

I'm wondering if it's all kids or just mine who like ketchup with everything!!
Yum! I do love these...I'm a sour cream girl! Thanks for the recipe! Happy Wednesday!
dawn said…
You had me at that beautiful photo. LOL
Anonymous said…
Germany at Christmas time sounds so exciting. Thanks for the recipe, I'll make some for lunch!
nadine paduart said…
mhmmmm, for that white dollop of heavenly cold sour cream...
Menthe Blanche said…
Yum, yum! Here we call this dish "Rösti".
Stephanie said…
For some reason my dad always made us potato pancakes when we were camping as kids. We never had them at any other time, but I LOVED THEM! YUM!
Yum - those pancakes look GOOD! And yes - I agree - Christmas markets in Germany are just fabulous. So magical :-)
Francesca said…
sour cream for me, please! :)
Anonymous said…
i would try it with applesauce, i think.
Would be nice to incorporate the rosemary leaves in the pancakes too, i really like the potato rosemary combo :)
Unknown said…
So nice and yummy look of christmas memories!

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