Potato pancake (Latkes,
Potato pancakes, are shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato
and egg, often flavored with grated onion. Potato pancakes may be topped with a
variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream) to the sweet
(such as applesauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished.
Left: Deruny or draniki
in a traditional crockery dish.
pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes to produce pancake-shaped
Potato pancakes are commonly associated with traditional Austrian, German,
Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish (where they are known as latkes or latkas),
Hungarian and Czech cuisines, although other cuisines (including those of India
and Korea) also have similar potato pancakes. It is also the national dish of
In Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Russian cuisines potato
pancakes are commonly known as deruny (Ukrainian: деруни) or draniki
(Russian: драники, Belarusian: Дранікі).
Left: Ukrainian-style deruny
served with sour cream.
Throughout Germany, potato pancakes are also very much liked,
most commonly under the names Reibekuchen or Kartoffelpuffer, and
they are eaten either salty as a side dish or sweet with apple sauce and
cinnamon; they are a very typical menu item during outdoor markets and festivals
in the colder seasons.
A form of potato pancake known as 'Boxty' is a popular traditional dish
in most of Ireland. It is made in a similar way but using more starch.
In North America and the U.K., a common
variety of potato pancakes is called
In Switzerland, a potato cake called
rösti is consider
a national dish.