Recipe: Potato Pancakes “Placki”

It has been almost two years this May since my grandmother has left us. We called her “Babcia” (baab-cha) in Polish. I miss her so much…A day does not go by that I do not think of her. She gave so much to her grandchildren and touched our lives immensely. She lived one heck of a life and was a real fighter. As a little girl, she suffered so much pain, first losing her father in WWII and shortly after her mother, leaving her an orphan. She was a little bit older than Ruby when this all happened. Sometimes I get very emotional looking at Ruby thinking what my Babcia had gone through at that age. She was never adopted, and later was forced to work in labor camps during the war for the dreaded Hitler regime. You can imagine how traumatized she was, beyond repair. Despite going through hell and back she gave her everything to our small family. One day I will share her whole story with all of you. 

For now, I dedicate one of my favourite Polish recipes in her honor.

I hope you enjoy these potato pancakes as much as we all did (and still do). The real name is “Placki” (pronounced plaaht-skee). They are a fairly traditional dish around many Eastern European countries. We serve them up two ways in our home. If you prefer savoury, you can sprinkle salt on top and serve with sour cream on the side. If you have a sweet tooth, a dollop of apple sauce.

The ingredients are simple, and the recipe is easy to make. It’s a no fail! Ruby and I had so much fun making them together! Roll up your sleeves, get your grater out and start working those muscles!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups grated potato (use the small-not smallest hole on your grater)
  • 2 eggs (well beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Sour cream or apple sauce to serve on the side

Directions

  1. Peel potatoes (I used almost 5 large ones)
  2. Grate potatoes in a large bowl 
  3. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the grated potatoes. Use your hands, cheese cloth, or a sieve. Get messy! It’s fun!
  4. Once all the liquid is out, add your eggs, flour, sugar and salt.
  5. Mix it all together really well
  6. Heat up a frying pan (I like to use two at the same time to make things go faster)
  7. Add a heaping splash of oil, enough so you can shallow fry the pancakes
  8. Once the oil is hot, drop big spoonfuls of the mixture onto your pan
  9. Let the bottom get nice and golden (crispy is good) and then flip them and repeat
  10. Garnish with crushed salt, chives, sour cream, or apple sauce

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