There are two main types of Potato Pancakes. One is made from mashed potato with flour (or oats), the other is made from grated potatoes. In Germany, potato panckaes are are known by several names, depending on the region of the country. Kartoffelpuffer, Reibekuchen, Kartoffelplätzen, Kartoffelpfannkuchen, Reivkooche, Baggers, Kröppelscher, to name a few. Rösti is a Swiss potato pancake, which contains both onion and bacon. Potato is coarsely grated. Jewish Latkes are made with grated potatoes, eggs, onion and matzo meal.
- Peel and cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling water until soft. After potatoes are cooked, drain off the water and mash the potatoes. Press the mashed potato through a sieve to form a puree. Add in egg, salt and oats. Mix well.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Dollop batter onto the heated surface in tablespoons. Flatten each dollop slightly with the spoon to create the cakes. Cook until both sides are golden brown. If needed when all the cakes are done, microwave them for 20 seconds to assure they're all warm.