Rosemary Potato Pancakes, or latkes, are crispy and flavored with fresh rosemary. They’re easy to make and are a delicious breakfast or brunch dish for weekends or holidays.
If you’ve had the chance to peruse the “breakfast” category on this blog you probably already know that I have a penchant for savory breakfasts, especially on the weekends. Sure, I enjoy muffins, pancakes, and other sweet starters, but my most favorite way to start the day usually includes eggs, potatoes, and bacon.
The first time I ever had potato pancakes or latkes, was at my best friend’s apartment when I was in college. I remember walking in to find her husband (well, back then he was her boyfriend) elbow deep in grated potatoes. I have to admit I was a little put off initially by all the oil popping and spattering all over the stove, but after my first bite, I was in love.
Despite falling instantly in love with potato pancakes I have never tried to make them myself. So this past week, after getting quite a few potatoes in our CSA box, I decided it was time to make a batch– for breakfast, of course.
After a little research on All Recipes, I came up with this recipe, which makes about a dozen. You can easily cut the recipe in half if you don’t want to make as many.
- Russet potatoes
- Large eggs
- Grated onion
- Chopped fresh rosemary
- Salt and pepper
- All-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil
How to Make Them
Peel the potatoes and grate them. You can do this with a box grater or, and this is much easier, in a food processor with a grating attachment. It also works great for the onion.
Once they’re grated, squeeze as much water out of them as possible. I just pile the grated potatoes on a large kitchen towel, wrap them up, and give them a few good squeezes.
Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Lightly beat them with a fork and then add the onion, rosemary, salt, pepper, and flour. Stir to combine.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once it’s hot, drop two tablespoons into the oil to form one pancake. Use a spatula to gently flatten it into a pancake. Repeat this with more potato, but don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook them in batches so they get a nice golden crust.
Cook them until they are golden and crispy on the outside. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil. You can place the cooked potato pancakes on a sheet pan and place it in low oven to keep them warm.
How to Serve Them
Traditional potato pancakes are served with sour cream and applesauce, but I like to treat them more like a hash brown and top them with crispy bacon and a fried egg.
- You can keep leftover potato pancakes in the refrigerator for a few days. They won’t be as crispy if you warm them in the microwave, but they will crisp up some in the oven. Or, if you have one, reheat them in an air fryer to get them crispy again.
- You can also freeze them for several months and reheat them in the oven or in an air fryer.
Rosemary potato pancakes are a fun breakfast treat for the weekend or for holidays. I hope you make a batch and enjoy them!
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Rosemary Potato Pancakes
Homemade rosemary potatoes are perfect for a weekend breakfast – add a fried egg and crispy bacon for a complete meal!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 12 pancakes 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Fry
- Cuisine: American
- 6 small to medium potatoes
- 4 large eggs
- 1 medium onion, grated
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- A few pinches of salt and pepper
- 2 and 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Peel and grate the potatoes and wrap them up in a clean towel and squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Lightly beat the eggs with a fork in a large mixing bowl. Add the grated potato, onion, rosemary, salt, pepper, and flour and stir to combine.
- In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Drop approximately 2 heaping tablespoons of the potato mixture into the hot oil. Using the spoon pat down the potatoes to form a pancake.
- Cook the pancake until the first side is golden brown before flipping. Once cooked, drain the potato pancakes on a paper towel. Keep them in a warm oven until ready to serve.
You can grate the potatoes and onion with a box grater or in a food processor fitted with a grating attachment.
You can freeze the cooled potato pancakes for up to three months. Reheat them in the oven or air fryer for best results.
- Serving Size: 1 potato pancake
- Calories: 102
- Sugar: 1g
- Sodium: 128.5mg
- Fat: 6.2g
- Saturated Fat: 4.3g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1.5g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 8.9g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 62mg
Keywords: rosemary potato pancakes
The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.
I saw this on Food porn. *droooool* 🙂 Will be making it Sunday morning. Great blog!
I’m new to the food blogging community & just found your blog. These potatoes look delicious! I’ve done them with salt and pepper and sometimes add in garlic powder, but have never thought about using rosemary. Will have to try it! I also like topping them with eggs!
My grandparents originally taught me to eat these by putting them between 2 slices of toast w/ ketchup. Sometimes melting a bit of cheese on them. Haven’t had that in awhile. My girls like them too.
Josh and Tina says
Yeah! savory breakfast ideas! I am a benedict girl myself, but it is so hard to duplicate at home. I will be trying this out soon! Miss you! Might be in ABQ a day early, will keep you posted!
Divina Pe says
This is a lovely and flavorful dish. Looks elegant too.
Look delicious! If you don’t have fresh potato, you can even use raw french fries. I’ve done it. I baked the fries til golden brown. Blitz them in food processor, then mix with a batter made of eggs, flour, baking powder, salt & chopped spring onion. Fried them as usual.
ohhhh potato pancakes, these sound wonderful and very satisfying
I love potatoes and rosemary. And I love a savory brunch on the weekends… I’ll be making these!
Marillyn Beard says
I’ve got lots of rosemary growing… should try this sometime… thanks!
Conor @ HoldtheBeef says
Potato and rosemary are so nice together. Nice tasty recipe for the weekend 🙂