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Easy Potato Pancakes: Mama’s Ode to Gino

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I adapted this recipe from one I learned while working my first cook job at Gino’s Bistro. Those potato pancakes were one of my favorite things to snack on when I had a down moment on the line. They went great with the head chefs sriracha beer batter chicken fingers (they were never on the menu, they were just for us line cooks). My Potato Pancakes are one of my family’s favorite side dishes to this day. I have had a few people ask for the recipe in the past, and I always begged off, using the excuse that I don’t really have a recipe I just throw them together. I lied, I just didn’t want to give up one of my favorite recipes. Plus, if people knew how easy they were they might not be very impressed!

Easy Potato Pancakes

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Serves: makes 15-18 cakes Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 bag frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • Salt and Back Pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup flour



Dump the bag of shredded potatoes into a colander in the sink. Rinse with luke warm water to defrost the taters, shake gently to allow the water to drain. Allow the potatoes to sit in the sink for a few minutes to drain then put them in a large mixing bowl.


Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix together by hand.


Place a large nonstick pan on the stove and add a tablespoon or two of your choice oil/butter.


Once the oil is hot place a small handful of the pancake mix in the pan, flattening it a bit with your fingers. Add a few more pancakes, leaving room to flip with ease.


Allow to cook, flipping periodically, until the pancakes are browned on each side.


Serve with sour cream or ketchup (if you have kids lol)

A few helpful hints, you really want to keep the potato pancakes thin, about 1/4 inch or so. Keep the pancakes to about 4 inches in diameter, this way they will cook evenly and are easy to flip. This is one of my favorite recipes to make with Harper because she loves helping me add everything and then helping to mix it all by hand! In fact, Harper can prep this recipe all on her own at this point, these cakes are literally so easy a child can do it! My regular readers may notice this recipe features no bacon! That’s right sometimes Mama makes a meal with no bacon. But, if you are missing that touch of Bacon, I recommend searing these off in rendered bacon fat, or for an extra bacon punch crisp up some bacon, chop it up and add it to your  pancake mix. Garnish with, chives and cheese for a loaded bacon potato pancake.

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  • Reply
    Charlotte Burkholder
    April 18, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Family Joy Blog linkup. Come back again.
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    Miz Helen
    April 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I just love potato pancakes, these look so good! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    April 21, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I love potato pancakes! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!
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