Potato Pancake Appetizers

Potato Pancakes are great served as an appetizer. They can be made into a cute, small shape and since potatoes are a great blank slate, they pair well with so many things. In this case, I topped them with a dollop of sour cream and some pickled herring and smoked salmon – delicious bites of crispy potatoes, tangy sour cream and salty fish. 
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We’ve been having so many parties lately, birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, housewarming party, etc. The past few months have been very eventful for both sides of our family. As usual, I browse through the Recipe Index and look for ideas of what to cook. I quickly noticed that the Appetizer section that I have here is very skimpy. Hmmm. I might have to work on that. I guess I’m one of the people that just can’t wait to dig in to the main meal:).

What could be more Belarusian than an appetizer based on a potato pancake? This one is absolutely delicious and as classic as it gets. The combination of the hearty pancake with the tang of the sour cream and the salty fish and fresh herbs is SO spot on. Every time I make these “appetizers”, I end up enjoying them as a main meal, because I just can’t get enough from a few bites. It could have something to do with how much I adore potato pancakes. Every once in a while, I do get a strong Slavic craving for herring too, and smoked salmon is a weakness of mine as well. As you can see, this recipe was just bound to come together at one point or another.

These would be perfect as a party starter, and really get your appetite going. You can also serve it as a light meal, with tea or even as a lunch option. If you’re feeling very festive, you can also use caviar instead of the fish or if you’re not a seafood appreciator, you can serve the pancakes with canadian bacon, prosciutto , or sautéed mushrooms.

Ingredients:

3 potatoes, preferably gold potatoes

1 small onion

1 egg

2 Tablespoons sour cream, plus extra sour cream for garnishing the pancakes

1 Tablespoon flour

salt, pepper

oil, for pan frying

8 oz. pickled herring, smoked salmon

scallions and dill

Instructions:

Potato Pancake Appetizers-1Peel and coarsely chop the potatoes and onion and place them into a food processor. Pulse to combine until the potatoes are pureed. I like to have a slight texture left in the potatoes, not make it completely watery and my food processor does a phenomenal job of it. You can also use the smallest holes on a box grater to grate the potatoes and onions.

Loosely strain the potato and onion mixture over a fine mesh drainer. You don’t want the potatoes to be completely dry, so leave a bit of moistness in them. Potato Pancake Appetizers-1-2Add the egg, 2 Tablespoons of sour cream, flour, salt and pepper and mix to combine. Potato Pancake Appetizers-1-3

Potato Pancake Appetizers-1-4Heat about 1/2-1 Tablespoon of oil in your skillet on medium high high and scoop out a Tablespoon of the potato mixture into the hot oil, using the back of the spoon to even out the pancakes into oval or round shapes. Cook until golden on both sides. You will have approximately 15 pancakes. Potato Pancake Appetizers-1-5Repeat with the remaining potato mixture until you have about pancakes. You can keep the pancakes warm in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven.

Serve the pancakes while they are still hot with a dollop of sour cream, and small slice of herring or smoked salmon and some fresh dill and scallions.Potato Pancake Appetizers-1-6

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Potato Pancake Appetizers

  • Author: Olga's Flavor Factory
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 15 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Appetizer

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Potato Pancakes are great served as an appetizer. They can be made into a cute, small shape and since potatoes are a great blank slate, they pair well with so many things. In this case, I topped them with a dollop of sour cream and some pickled herring and smoked salmon – delicious bites of crispy potatoes, tangy sour cream and salty fish. 


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Ingredients

  • 3 potatoes, preferably gold potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream, plus extra sour cream for garnishing the pancakes
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • salt, pepper
  • oil, for pan frying
  • 8 oz. pickled herring, smoked salmon
  • scallions and dill

Instructions

  1. Peel and coarsely chop the potatoes and onion and place them into a food processor.
  2. Pulse to combine until the potatoes are pureed. I like to have a slight texture left in the potatoes, not make it completely watery and my food processor does a phenomenal job of it. You can also use the smallest holes on a box grater to grate the potatoes and onions.
  3. Loosely strain the potato and onion mixture over a fine mesh drainer. You don’t want the potatoes to be completely dry, so leave a bit of moistness in them.
  4. Add the egg, 2 Tablespoons of sour cream, flour, salt and pepper and mix to combine.
  5. Heat about 1/2-1 Tablespoon of oil in your skillet on medium high high and scoop out a Tablespoon of the potato mixture into the hot oil, using the back of the spoon to even out the pancakes into oval or round shapes. Cook until golden on both sides. You will have approximately 15 pancakes.
  6. Serve the pancakes while they are still hot with a dollop of sour cream, and small slice of herring or smoked salmon and some fresh dill and scallions.

Keywords: potato pancakes, potato pancake appetizer, potato appetizer, potato pancakes with smoked salmon, smoked salmon appetizer, herring appetizer

 

11 Comments

  • Julia

    How beautiful are these? This is like a fancy appetizer version of “kartoshka s seledkoi” 🙂 My non-Russian husband loves potato pancakes but doesn’t understand my love of potatoes + herring together. Thanks for the recipe, I would have never thought to turn potato pancakes into such a beautiful appetizer!

  • Valya of valyastasteofhome.com

    Looks so good Olga! I think potato pancakes is one of my favorite foods. I usually eat it with sour cream. I wander how adding extra things on them would taste. I want to try it. 🙂

  • Tallya

    Potato pancakes are one of my favorite things as well, also all other forms of potatoes… guess it comes with being Belarusian. It has been a long while since I’ve made potato pancakes and now these will be lunch on next week’s menu. Thanks!

  • Vita

    Olga, I am not sure if you have seen this website yet – this man is also from Belarus and he has the most amazing collection of traditional Belarus recipes and he shows his method in videos. Check it out – http://talerka.tv/ru/recipes_all/belarus
    I nearly died of happiness when I saw some of these dishes that I remember so well by taste but the elders that made me these lovely dishes have passed away.

  • Tamatha Barnes

    I made these potato pancakes and they were easy for me! and our 4 missionaries,two of which are from Ukraine loved them great surprise!! Will be making again for me and hubby!<3

    • olgak7

      That’s great, Tamatha!
      It’s so nice of you to serve other people with cooking.
      I’m glad to hear that you and your husband will be enjoying this dish again.

    • olgak7

      I’ve only seen pickled herring in Russian stores or other specialty European stores, like our local Polish store. You can find pickled herring in normal grocery stores, but they are usually pickled in wine and other things, which gives it a completely different flavor that the Russian herring.

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