Grumbeerpannekuche/ German Potato Pancakes

by Kirsten on March 18, 2011 · 24 comments

in German Dishes, Main Dishes, Misc. Savory Dishes, Savory Dishes, Starters, Starters & Sides

German Potato Pancakes are a real treat and have always been one of my mom’s favorite dishes. I remember her usually ordering them at a carnival or festival, where they were sold at big stands freshly fried, still hot and served with applesauce on the side.

Enjoy a potato pancake right out of the skillet to fully experience the crispy, crunchy outside. Instead of applesauce you could also serve them with a good herb quark or some sour cream. In Germany they also would be a very typical meatless Friday lunch, accompanied by a hearty soup. Or surprise your guests and serve them as little appetizers with some smoked salmon on top.

Don’t miss out on this recipe of German potato pancakes! They are out of this world.


*  1 kg ( 2 lbs) starchy potatoes
*  1 big onion
*  Parsley, chopped (optional)
*  2 eggs
*  1 tablespoon  flour
*  salt, pepper and nutmeg
*  vegetable oil for frying


Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand (I used my mandoline). Transfer to a bowl and mix with eggs, onion and flour. Season with salt and pepper. Add a pinch of nutmeg.

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 3 potato pancakes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn pancakes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep pancakes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven.

Serve with applesauce, herb quark or smoked salmon.

Why “Grumbeer”?
In the palatinate dialect of my home area in Germany a potato is called a “Grumbeer”. That origins form the word “Grundbirne” which is literally translated as “ground pear”. In High German that would be a “Kartoffel”. So the proper word for a potato pancake would be “Kartoffelpfannkuchen” or “Kartoffelpuffer”. In some areas it is also called “Reibekuchen”.

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Donna Kelly January 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Love these. My husband is Slavish & his mother made the same thing, only called Nalashniki (sp?) Do you have a recipe for Kartoffelglace (sp)? My grandmother made this for my dad with hausenpfeffer. I don’t know the correct spelling for any of these dishes.

Kirsten January 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

Hi Donna, you probably mean Hasenpfeffer (rabbit stew), but I don’t know what you mean with Kartoffelglace. What kind of a potato dish is this?

Manuela July 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I haven’t heard the word “Grumbeer” in ages, where are you from ?

Isabella December 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I love German food but it is a really hard to find good recipes like this one!! I have made these a few times and my whole family always gobbles them up! Thanks for sharing!

SJerZGirl April 13, 2011 at 5:36 am

I just wrote a blog on Kartoffelpuffers (another name for these) to fulfill the letter K aspect of the A-Z Challenge for April. I love them! And, only my daughter, who'd never had one before, could teach me something new. These are perfect for a breakfast sandwich if you have to eat and run (or run and eat). Great post!!

Just an A-Z Challenger stopping by to visit. You can find me at:
The Frustrated Foodie

Faraday77 March 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Das erinnert mich an Stunden in Oma's Küche, bis die Grumbeerkiechelcha fertig waren. Danke dafür und gruß aus dem Saarland. 😉

kitchen flavours March 20, 2011 at 5:06 am

I love anything potatoes, and these looks good. Thanks for sharing another lovely recipe from Germany!

Sally - My Custard Pie March 20, 2011 at 3:54 am

My Dad was Polish and this recipe is very like the ones he made. It was about the only thing he ever cooked but they were absolutely fantastic.

Katie March 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I love potatoes, but I've never had potato pancakes. I need to try them soon, though!

cpeezers March 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

As a kid, I was always thrilled when Mom made Kartoffelpuffer. We ate them with applesauce. It was my very favorite childhood meal. Thanks for sharing!

Lea Ann March 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

I've got to give these a try. Anything potato sounds good to me. Great photos and love those little bowls.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window March 19, 2011 at 8:14 am

These look delicious. There was a little Jewish boy at my school who's mom would come in a make something similar around the Jewish holidays. They were always a huge hit with all the children and adults as well.

Design Elements March 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

super Rezept! sehr interessante Variante…bald wird's ausprobiert 🙂 lg

My Kitchen in the Rockies March 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

@ die Huelkies: Stimmt. Kenne ich auch, hab ich total vergessen. Wird sofort ergaenzt. Danke.

die Hülkies March 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Liebe Kirsten,

da hast du mal wieder ein sehr schönes Rezept, das es bei uns des öfteren gibt. Eine ganz tolle delikate Variante kann ich dir noch empfehlen. Probiere sie mal mmit hauchdünnem, geräuchertem Lachs. Das ist hier eine Delikatesse und superlecker.

Chele March 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Yum! I've only ever tried potato pancakes once but I loved them, so tasty. I can imagine one of these for tonights dinner with a fried egg on top … sigh!

Ana Rita March 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I did'nt know this version of pancakes but they are looking good!!!


Gloria March 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Love pancakes and these look amazing! gloria

manu March 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Ohhh it seems to be "rosti" . . . delicious!

Barb March 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Oh! Yum! These look so delicious! (there goes the diet!)

Karen Harris March 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I love potato pancakes. Growing up my mother used to make them with fried cabbage and meat patties. Yours look just like the ones she used to make. . . delicious. I've never tried them with applesauce or sour cream but with your recommendation, I will.

Cooking Creation March 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Mmm I LOVE potato pancakes. Your look gorgeous!

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