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potato & zucchini pancakes

There is one recipe that reminds me summer holidays back in the 90's that I used to spend with my grandparents in their summer cottage. Potato pancakes which my grandma used to make only occasionally, because she didn't like to stand in the hot kitchen during warm summer days.

To make this pancakes grandpa had to get the wood for our old brick stove. Then it took few minutes till we could start cooking on it. As the temperature was rising inside the kitchen grandma started forming small pancakes right on the surface of the stove - no pan needed. The result after all were perfectly tasting pancakes, completely sugar less - because they were from potatoes and zucchini. Healthy version for picky eaters like me and my sister back in 90's.

Now every time I make these pancakes those memories come back and I can't help but love this meal. Hope you'll try and enjoy it too!


  • 4 bigger potatoes,

  • 1 zucchini,

  • 6 cloves of garlic,

  • 1 small onion,

  • 1 egg,

  • few spoonfuls of wholewheat flour,

  • vegetable oil,

  • salt, rosemary, caraway-seeds, black pepper, and marjoram according to your taste.

Time: 20 minutes preparation + 20 minutes of panning


The first and for me really un-enjoying step is to grate the potatoes. For best results make sure to use the coarse grater. Then comes zucchini for which one the best side of the grader is the fine grater.

After the worst part is done, press the garlic and mince the onion. Add it to the bowl where you have already prepared potatoes with zucchini, add an egg, then use salt, rosemary, caraway-seeds, black pepper and marjoram, all according to your taste.

Because the mixture is too watery, you'll have to add few spoonfuls of flour. There is almost no chance to tell you how much exactly - you don't want the dough to be too heavy, nor would you like it to be too watery. What you have to do is to try the first pancake and you'll see if you still miss a little bit of flour.

For the final preparation a frying pan and vegetable oil are needed. Turn the cooker on, put the pan on it and add a little bit of oil. After it gets hot (after minute or two) you can start doing the pancakes. First one minute on one side, then around 30 seconds on the other.In general - if you are not able to turn it over, it's most probably not done yet and you have to wait for few more seconds.

After you're done - bon appetite!

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