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Alex Witchel's Potato Pancakes

This delicious breakfast recipe, which appeared in the New York Times on December 6, 2006, is courtesy of Alex Witchel.

  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Makes 24 small pancakes

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Fall 2006/2007


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 medium all-purpose potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 4 tablespoon matzo meal, or as needed
  • 3/4 cup canola oil, for frying
  • Applesauce, for serving (optional)
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Place half the potatoes in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Transfer potatoes to a strainer set over a medium bowl; let drain. Repeat process with remaining potatoes. Measure out 3 cups chopped potatoes and discard any remaining potatoes.

  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs lightly. Add potatoes, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper; mix well. Stir in 2 tablespoons matzo meal, and let stand about 30 seconds to absorb moisture in batter. If necessary, add more matzo to make a thick, wet batter.

  3. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add oil. When oil is hot, working in batches, add 2 tablespoons batter, flattening gently to make thick pancakes. Cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; season with salt. Repeat process until all the batter has been used. Serve immediately with applesauce and sour cream.


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