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Potato mozzarella pancakes


Potato Pancakes are a popular irresistible potato treat in many Countries all over the world and everyone make them in different ways.They are basically made with a mashed potato mix formed into patties and cooked in a pan. I make them how we like in Italy: filled with Mozzarella cheese!


  • 500 g (1 pound) potatoes peeled and cubed
  • about 90 g (3/4 cup) all purpose flour + more for coating
  • 4 g (1 tsp) sugar optional
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper
  • Mozzarella cheese or other stretchy cheese like Cheddar, Swiss cheese…
  • Oil for cooking I used Peanut oil


  1. Peel the potatoes and chop in medium size chunks.
  2. Boil potato chunks in salted water until fork tender. You can also steam them.
  3. Mash potatoes immediately when still hot with a fork (or a potato ricer or a potato masher) until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add flour, sugar, salt, pepper to the mashed potatoes and mix until get a not-sticky and slightly dry – but soft – mix. If too wet, add a bit more flour.
  5. Use a 4cm-1,5inch ice cream scooper to take 2 scoops of mashed potato mix.
  6. Well flour your hands to avoid sticking and form a disc.
  7. Place about 1 tsp of chopped Mozzarella cheese in the center of the disc and roll to form a ball.
  8. Slightly flat the ball, coat every side with some flour and place on a dish lined with parchment paper or well floured to avoid sticking.
  9. Repeat and use all the mashed potato mix: you’ll get about 9 potato pancakes.
  10. Heat a large non-stick pan with about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (I’ve used Peanut oil) and cook every side at medium heat for about 5 minutes or until evenly browned.
  11. Drain over paper towel and serve immediately.