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Czech Potato Pancakes

The Czech version of potato pancakes are bigger, crispier, and loaded with garlic!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 5 mins
Yields: 5 pancakes


  • 6 medium yellow potatoes
  • 2/3 cup milk, hot
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tbsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Lard or Canola/sunflower oil


  1. Peel the raw potatoes, then finely grate them with a box grater or microplane.
  2. Transfer the grated potatoes to a colander, then use paper towels to squeeze out the excess water. You may need to do this a few times.
  3. Put the squeezed potatoes in a bowl, then pour the hot milk over them. Add an egg, flour, pressed garlic, dried marjoram, and salt. Stir until combined. The mixture should have a creamy consistency.
  4. Warm the lard or oil in a 10-inch frying pan over medium heat. Give the batter a stir before spooning a portion into the middle of the heated pan. 
  5. Using the back of a spoon or spatula, spread the batter into a ΒΌ inch thick pancake that fills or nearly fills the pan.
  6. Fry each pancake for 2-3 minutes on each side, until the edges are golden.