Spicy Potato Pancakes

Spicy Potato Pancakes
The Christmas season is once again upon us. I don't fuss too much this time of year, but right now I have lots to occupy me, meaning I'm focusing on comforting meal solutions. A crispy staple is welcomed year round, and so I offer up my version of a pancake that is enjoyed around the world. I served these at dinner time to go along with some leftover green pea soup, but they are perfect for breakfast or for lunch.

Spicy Potato PancakesSpicy Potato Pancakes
Recipe by
Published on December 19, 2008

Simple spicy and crispy potato pancakes, great for dinner, breakfast or lunch

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Print this recipePrint this recipe

  • 2 lbs (900 g) potatoes (2 large)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • oil for frying
  • Peel the potatoes and cover with cold water for 20 minutes. Drain and grate the potatoes with a grater or in a food processor. Mix the grated potato with the onion, jalapeño, cayenne, eggs, cornmeal and salt and pepper.

  • Heat a shallow pool of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. When hot, drop heaping tablespoons of the batter into the pan. Flatten each pancake firmly with a spatula. Fry until golden brown — about 5 minutes — then flip and cook the other side for another 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve hot and top with sour cream if desired.

Makes about 12 3-inch pancakes
Spicy Potato Pancakes
Other potato recipes you might enjoy:
Scalloped Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Soup
Aloo Gobi
Bengali-Style Crunchy Potatoes


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

This would be good comfort food for Christmas morning or brunch. I would be tempted to serve them with baked beans or eggs.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

oh this does sound perfect. spicy and comforting!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Nice and spicy alternative to pancakes. Just right for this season.

Johanna GGG said...

sounds like what I need for using up leftovers (pea sauce and cream cheese sauce) - looks delicious and simple

Rachel Cotterill said...

mmm, these look gorgeous, definitely adding this recipe to my to-do list for the Christmas break! :)

Ivy said...

They sound perfect for any time of the day. Happy holidays Lisa.

Cynthia said...

Oh what a treat these must be!

Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

This recipe is spicy yet delicious and comforting. And it is perfect for anytime of the day. Since I already tried it, I've decided to add this recipe to my collections.

Happy Holidays!

comercial ice maker