Bramboracky - Czech Savoury Potato Pancakes

Bramboráčky – Savoury Potato Pancakes

Czech potato pancakes are called bramborák and it is made of grated potatoes with egg, breadcrumbs or flour and seasoning (salt, pepper, most importantly garlic and marjoram; sometimes ground caraway seeds) and is served as it is. Some regional versions blend in dough, sauerkraut, and/or sliced smoked meat. The same potato dough is used also as coating of fried pork chop called kaplický řízek.

Bramboráčky - Savoury Potato Pancakes
Ingredients
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pinch dried marjoram (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes, squeezing out as much liquid as you can. Transfer the shredded potatoes to a mixing bowl. Stir in the crushed garlic, salt, pepper, marjoram, and caraway seeds.
  2. Beat the eggs with the milk. Add the egg mixture to the potatoes and stir well to combine.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour to form a thick but still pourable batter.
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; the oil should be about ½ cm deep. Spoon about ¼ cup of batter into the hot oil, flattening it slightly. Fry the pancake until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Taste the first pancake and adjust the seasoning if necessary; repeat with remaining batter.

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