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Russian Potato Pancakes - Entree with Meat or Side Dish Without Meat

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Wow is this a big hit with our family! Meat filled potato pancakes have been served as a main course, side dish and appetizers at our family parties. We make them with ground pork or beef most of the time. You can make them with ground chicken, turkey , cheese, spinach or without filling of course.


Potato Pancakes:

  • 2½ lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (Best potato by far)

  • 1 egg

  • 2 Tablespoons flour

  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream (optional)

  • 1 small onion

  • ¾ tsp salt

  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper


  • ½ lb ground pork, beef or your favorite filling. Experiment!

  • 1 very small onion

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper

  • 2 Tablespoons water


  1. Grate the potatoes on a fine grater

  2. Use a sieve to drain the grated potatoes

  3. Separate the liquid from the starch. Discard the liquid, keep the starch

  4. Add the grated potatoes to the bowl with the starch

  5. Grate the onion on the same grater

  6. Combine all the pancake ingredients in a bowl

  7. Mix the filling ingredients together and set aside

  8. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a non stick skillet over medium heat

  9. Using a large spoon, drop in batter for four pancakes

  10. Mold 1/2 Tablespoons of meat (or other) filling into a patty and place on top of the pancake in the pan

  11. Cover the filling with more potato mixture

  12. Cook until golden brown. Turn and cook the other side until golden brown.

Serve 14-16 delicious pancakes (with filling)! If you want to make 14-16 pancakes without filling, you can halve the recipe.

Let us know how your recipe turns out!