These are classic old world classic potato pancakes well loved by Slavic people. We call them draniki or deruny and they are super yummy for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. These potato pancakes are made by grating raw potatoes into the batter – weird but so good! They are a favorite in our house.

This is my Mom’s recipe and the pancakes are amazing as is but this time we added a tasty meat filling (inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Olga). The filling takes these classic potato pancakes over the top. You can get creative and sub pretty much any ground meat for the filling; beef, chicken, turkey,..


8 medium (2-1/4″ to 3″ dia, raw)s potatoes, peeled and shredded
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs eggs
1 pinch salt and black pepper to taste
½ pound ground beef
½ onion, grated
1 pinch garlic salt
1 egg
¼ cup bread crumbs
2 teaspoons vegetable oil


Step 1: In a medium mixing bowl, add in the potatoes, 3 eggs, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until well mixed.

Step 2: In another medium mixing bowl, add in the ground beef, 1 egg, bread crumbs, onion, and garlic salt. Stir until well mixed.

Step 3: Place a skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium-low.

Step 4: Add in oil and let it heat through.

Step 5: Spoon the potato mixture and put it in the skillet.

Step 6: Flatten the pancake and add 2 teaspoons of the beef mixture on top. Spread the mixture until it covers the pancake entirely.

Step 7: Fry for 5 minutes or until the color of the pancake turns golden brown.

Step 8: Turnover the pancake and fry for another 1 to 2 minutes or until it turns golden brown as well.

Step 9: Place the Stuffed Potato Pancakes on a clean plate.

Step 10: Serve and enjoy!


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