Jamie Olivers Polish Potato Cakes

Jamie Olivers Polish Potato Cakes

Fiesta Friday #44

Today I am cooking up a potato pancake or placki ziemniaczane as they are known in Poland.  The mighty potato is a staple across much of central & Eastern Europe and is the basis for many well known & national dishes.

If you want to make this sweet rather than savoury you can add in grated apple and pop in a little sugar in place of salt, serve with stewed fruit & cinnamon, experimenting is fun.  However mostly in Poland they are served with meat sauce, mushroom sauce or simply with soured cream.

I have served it with all three because I am greedy!

Pre-warn, this is a seriously filling dish, easy to make and deeply filling for the belly!

Since potato pancakes can also be made ahead, wrapped in foil and kept warm in a low oven.

Polish potato pancakes recipe

Makes 12


  • 6-8 medium-sized potatoes, peeled
    1 onion, peeled
    1 egg, beaten
    2 tablespoons plain flour
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Oil for shallow frying

For the mushroom sauce

  • 1 onion, peeled, finely chopped
    250g chestnut mushrooms
    125ml/½ cup vegetable stock
    125ml/½ cup double or heavy cream
    1 tablespoon sour cream
    Extra sour cream to serve
    Fresh dill to garnish


Using the coarse side of a box grater, grate the potatoes and place them into a sieve or colander over a bowl. Using the finer side of the grater, grate the onion and add it to the potato. Using the back of a spoon, or even your hands, squeeze out any excess water/juice from the potatoes and onion. Discard the liquid, and then put the onions and potatoes into the bowl. Add the egg, two tablespoons of flour and season with sea salt and pepper, then stir everything together – the mixture should be quite thick.

Heat a little vegetable oil in a large, flat frying pan. Drop three or four mounds of the mixture into hot oil, and flatten to make small pancakes.

Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, turning once, until golden brown. Transfer the pancakes to a plate lined with a paper towel. Repeat until all the potato mixture is used, adding a little fresh oil if necessary. You can serve the pancakes immediately, or keep them warm, wrapped in tin foil in a low oven.

To make a quick mushroom sauce to serve with the pancakes, heat a little oil in a clean frying pan. Fry the chopped onion on a low heat for ten minutes until golden and soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further few minutes, until soft. Pour in the stock and simmer for one minute, then pour in the double cream and stir in the sour cream. Allow to bubble and simmer, then serve with the potato pancakes, along with some fresh dill and extra sour cream on the side.

I hope you will enjoy this now the weather is getting  chillier!

Happy Partying or relaxing over the weekend whatever you decide to do.

What is your favorite Winter tipple?

Mine is ginger wine!

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  21 comments for “Jamie Olivers Polish Potato Cakes

  1. November 29, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    A potato cake with mushroom sauce? Yes please!! I’m a sucker for potato cakes…and I’m a sucker for mushrooms, so this looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with all of us this weekend… Happy Fiesta Friday, Justine!! ❤

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    • November 29, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      oh a pleasure to share hehe, it really is filling and you prob know pretty easy to make once you have got the grating over and done with, my 12 yr old was useful for that hehe x


  2. November 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Yet another awesome recipe I really want to try! It looks absolutely delicious!


    • November 29, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Its seeiously filling and good you wont want to eat for days after hehe x

      Liked by 1 person

    • November 29, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Are you havinf a fab weekend?

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        I am recovering from Thanksgiving feasting and helping move my older brother and his girlfriend into a new house. Been super busy otherwise, but I shall look forward to catching up on your posts starting Monday!


  3. November 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    That looks delicious. I will have to try it! X

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  4. November 30, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Get over here and put those potato pancakes in my maw!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      haha well how can i resist a request ilke that?


  5. petra08
    November 30, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Potato cake with mushroom sauce and meat sauce sounds like heaven! Proper winter food! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      hah yes and so filling i nearly bust lol, still remember it well even though a few days ago 🙂 will you try it? x

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      • petra08
        November 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        I have saved the recipe and I love anything with potatoes! I will keep your advice in mind and try not to over eat! Always a problem with good foods! 🙂 x

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  6. December 1, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Saw Anthony Bourdain make a Jamie Oliver recipe once. His guests almost spit the food out and refused to eat.
    Not sure if I can trust a Jamie Oliver recipe, but I’ll give it a whirl.

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    • December 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      oh dear thats odd, all his food is great so far that i have tasted, maybe he did something wrong with it? lol, what was the dish?


  7. December 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Looks like a winner. Love it.


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