Potato Pancakes


Potato Pancakes

Draniki (aka deruny), are Russian potato pancakes made with grated potatoes. These are stuffed with a juicy meat patty - a delicious surprise!
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 5 people (makes 16 potato pancakes)
Calories 314kcal
Author Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com


  • 1 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes peeled (5 to 6 medium potatoes)
  • 1 medium onion peeled
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream plus more to serve
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil or other cooking oil
  • 1/2 lb ground pork or ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pinch of black pepper


  • Into a large bowl, grate all of your peeled potatoes using the star grater side of a box grater (protect your hands with safety gloves!) Use a spoon to skim off and discard any excess liquid at the top (I removed about 1/3 cup).
  • In the same bowl, grate the medium onion on the same star-grater side of the box grater (no need to wash the grater). Reserve and set aside 1 Tbsp of the grated onion for your meat mixture.
  • Into the potato and onion mix, add 1 large egg, 3 Tbsp flour, 1 Tbsp sour cream, 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 lb ground meat, 1/4 tsp salt, pinch of black pepper and reserved 1 Tbsp grated onion. Mix just until well combined. Divide the meat into 16 thin patties, each about 2" wide and set aside.
  • Heat a large non-stick pan* over medium heat with 2-3 Tbsp oil. Once oil is hot, add potato mixture 1 Tbsp at a time, flattening out the top with the back of your spoon. Immediately top each pancake with a meat patty and cover each one with another Tablespoon of potato mixture**. Saute 4 minutes per side or until cooked through and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and serve right away. Repeat with remaining ingredients, adding more oil as needed.


*Cut the cooking time in half by using 2 large non-stick skillets at once. **If liquid starts to rise to the top of the potato mixture, give it a quick stir to incorporate it back into the batter. I typically stir between each batch.

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