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Irish Potato Pancakes – Recipe and Techinque

Irish Potato Pancakes - served with sour creamYou don’t have to wait until Saint Patrick’s Day to enjoy these Irish Potato Pancakes.  They are delicious any time of the year.

My son-in-law is of Irish descent so he and my daughter are usually hosting a party for family and friends to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

Potatoes are a very popular vegetable for the Irish, hence this recipe for Irish Potato Pancakes I found in a “Simply Potatoes” cook/craft book.

They were quick and easy to prepare, and great tasting as well.

I loved the bacon flavoring and the tangy taste created by the cheddar cheese.

Vegetarians may omit the bacon, and add their favorite shredded veggies.

They may be served with sour cream, apple sauce, or with breakfast sausage and eggs.

This recipe yields about 12 medium-sized pancakes.

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Irish Potato Pancakes - served with mixed fruit apple sauceThese are also delicious when served with apple sauce.

Irish Potato Pancakes - grated as for hash brownsGrate the potatoes, using the “large eye” side of a grater.

Irish Potato Pancakes - batter ready for fryingThe potato pancake batter is ready for frying.

Irish Potato Pancakes - fryingPlace an overflowing 1/4 cup of potato pancake batter into a pan for frying.

Irish Potato Pancakes – Recipe and Techinque

Irish Potato Pancakes – Recipe and Techinque


  • 2 slices uncooked bacon, cut into small pieces (vegetarians may replace with favorite veggies)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded potatoes (raw)
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes, cooked (great way to use up leftovers)
  • 1 cup Bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 whole egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole or low fat)
  • Canola oil for frying


  1. In a medium skillet, fry the bacon and onions, until browned.
  2. Remove from pan, and set aside.
  3. Discard bacon fat.
  4. Peel 1 large, or 2 small potatoes.
  5. Grate the potatoes, using the "large eye" grater side.
  6. In a large bowl, add the mashed potatoes,  grated potatoes, bacon and onion, Bisquick mix, cheddar cheese, and pepper.
  7. Using a spoon, mix all in, until well  incorporated.
  8. Fold in the beaten egg, and milk.
  9. The potato pancake batter is ready for frying.
  10. Add about 2 Tbs. of canola oil into your non-stick frying pan, and heat up on medium heat.
  11. Place an overflowing 1/4 cup of potato pancake batter into a pan, flatten slightly into pancakes, and fry for about 2 minutes on each side.  I turn them over for the first time, when the edges start getting golden and little craters form.  For best results, use a wide spatula for turning them over.
  12. Once both sides are nicely cooked, remove into a serving platter, and continue with the rest of the batter.
  13. For best results,  serve as soon as done.  However, they are still great reheated in a toaster oven, or in a pan.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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