Fresh Peach Kuchen, German Peach Cake Fresh Peach Kuchen came about this past week when I took a drive to Oshkosh WI to spend the day with my son Bob and his wife Kim. With both being teachers, I don’t see a whole lot of …
German Apricot Cake Aprikosenkuchen This recipe for German Apricot Cake or Aprikosenkuchen, may surprise you. The ingredients are pretty simple but the finished cake is always delicious. It’s a classic German recipe, that in Germany most Germans know how to make this kuchen/cake by heart. Kuchen …
German Potato Pancakes Authentic Kartoffelpuffer
German potato pancakes are a fast and easy side dish. They are shallow-fried pancakes of grated potatoes, flour, eggs and are often flavored with grated onion and seasonings. Potato pancakes may be topped with a variety of toppings ranging from sour cream to sweet apple sauce. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes to produce pancake-shaped croquettes.
Mashed Potato Pancakes
I remember eating mashed potato pancakes several times during the course of my childhood. I didn’t realize until I was much older that this was an actual “recipe” and not something that my mom Aggie came up with on her own. Aggie formed mashed potatoes into pancake shaped, thick patties, fried them in butter and served mashed potato patties with a sunny-side egg on top. What a great way to use up left-overs!
I’m pretty sure than my mom had no idea that these mashed potato patty pancakes were actually called “croquettes” in other countries. Croquette [kroh-KEHT] is a mixture of minced meat or vegetables, a thick white sauce and seasonings that are formed into small cylinders, ovals or rounds, dipped in beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then fried until crisp and brown. I’m being to think Aggie was on to something after all…
Apart from Kartoffelpuffer, potato pancakes are also known as Reibekuchen and Kartoffelpfannkuchen in Germany. Reibekuchen are often eaten with applesauce or plum compote and are also eaten with liverwurst or served with smoked salmon and sour cream. But the most traditional way to eat potato pancakes is with apple sauce.
Reibekuchen or Kartoffelpuffer literally translated as “grated cakes.” While they are popular in all areas of Germany, they are most famous in the Rhineland, where they are also known as “Rievekooche.” You’ll find them being sold at street stalls, especially in Cologne, the most famous of which is situated outside the Cologne railway station.
Potato pancake dish hugely popular across Germany and very simple to prepare. The dish is often associated with Christmas markets where it’s served with applesauce ideal for the cold winter season. Reibekuchen is also a popular side dish in Bavaria where it’s eaten with sauerkraut and sausages. It’s well known that Germans love their potatoes and pommes or large french fries are often served with bratwurst or sausage.