Idaho Potato Pancakes

In Idaho, potatoes have been added to nearly everything.  Potato pancakes are certainly not unique to Idaho but these are worthwhile.  With lots of grated potatoes, these are almost like hash browns.  And we think they make great camping fare, served hot on a cold morning with either sour cream or ketchup. 

Some recipes should be “approximations” and this is one of those.  Use the following measurements as a rough guideline—but the recipe is forgiving. 

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Idaho Potato Pancakes


4 cups coarsely shredded potatoes
1 medium onion, shredded
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour



1. Mix the shredded potatoes and onions together.
2. In another bowl, mix the eggs, salt, pepper, milk, and baking powder together.  Add it to the potatoes mixture and stir together.
3. Add enough flour to thicken, about 3/4 cups, and stir.
4. Put some vegetable oil in a frying pan and heat until hot.
5. Spoon the potato batter into the hot pan and spread into a round shape about 3/8 inch thick.
6. Once browned, turn over and cook the second side.  Serve immediately or keep warm in an oven set to 175 degrees.

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