Slovak Potato Pancakes

When we say pancakes, we usually have in our minds basic pancakes made from eggs, flour, milk and baking powder, and served with sugar, tasty marmalade or chocolate spread. Slovak potato pancakes are completely different, but still so good, that many of you will forget about the basic pancakes’ recipe.

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Slovak Potato pancakes have their origin in long 17th century. In 19th century they often replaced missing bread and from dish made for lower class it became a worldwide known culinary specialty. Potato Pancakes are made out of potato dough, similar to their lokshe, but are made out of uncooked potatoes and fried in oil. They are usually eaten as a snack but can be also served as a side dish with soups and other meals.


  1. 2-3 large peeled potatoes,
  2. half of small onion,
  3. 1-2 cloves of garlic,
  4. 1 egg,
  5. spices (marjoram, ground black pepper),
  6. 1 spoon of flour.

Use a fine grater and shred the potatoes. Take a strainer and press it down on the potato shreddings, so you’ll drain as much water from them as possible. Then shred the onion and garlic and add them to the potatoes. Add the egg and all species with flour and mix. Heat up oil and add to tablespoons of mixture to the pot. Fry each side for 4 minutes until the pancake turns golden brown.

If you’re feeling adventurous, we are sharing with you our secret advice – add to the mixture a bit of carrot or some other vegetable. And serve them with milk! Enjoy your meal!