Bramboracky (Czech Savory Potato Pancakes)

Bramboracky (Czech Savory Potato Pancakes)

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Sonya M. Shafer 4

"Bramboracky (bram-bor-atch-key) are traditional pan-fried potato pancakes best accompanied by beer. This is a recipe that my Czech boyfriend and I have fun with often. Potato pancakes are commonly associated with traditional Czech, Ukrainian, Yiddish, German, Hungarian and Polish cuisines, although other cuisines (including those of India and Korea) also have similar potato pancakes."

Ingredients 1 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 527 cals

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 527 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 11.1 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 94.3g
  • 30%
  • Protein:
  • 15.1 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 124 mg
  • 41%
  • Sodium:
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes, squeezing out as much liquid as you can. Transfer the shredded potatoes to a mixing bowl. Stir in the crushed garlic, salt, pepper, marjoram, and caraway seeds.
  2. Beat the eggs with the milk. Add the egg mixture to the potatoes and stir well to combine. Gradually mix in the flour to form a thick but still pourable batter.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; the oil should be about 1/4-inch deep. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter into the hot oil, flattening it slightly. Fry the pancake until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Taste the first pancake and adjust the seasoning if necessary; repeat with remaining batter.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note
  • You can add ham, bacon, or cheese to the pancakes before frying them, if desired. Substitute oregano for the marjoram and cumin seed for the caraway if you prefer. Enjoy them plain, with beer, topped with cheese, or with ketchup or mustard.
  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.
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Petra Vítu Kozbiel
2/7/2012

I am a full-blooded Czech and this is exactly how we always make the potato pancakes (called "bramboraky" or "cmunda"). Traditionally these are fried in lard - it adds that extra flavor but I doubt many would try that. When I make them at my home here in America, I just use regular vegetable oil. Few pointers: Don't skip or substitute the marjoram, I actually add way more then just a pinch. Also add lots of pepper and especially salt. Potatoes tend to soak up the salt flavor quite a bit. Lets face it, this is not a healthy meal to begin with, so you might as well make it right. Like Sonya recommends, fry up and taste the first pancake, it should have a nice salty/garlicky flavor. Even tho I've made these many times, it usually takes me more then one trial pancake to get the flavor right. When my mom made these, it was the one time we didn't actually have a sit down family dinner. We would just sneak them right when they were done and she ate as she was making them. They just taste the best when they're nice and hot right out of the frying pan!

ggarratt
4/8/2010

These were excellent potato pancakes! I often find that recipes call for too many eggs for the amount of potato but this one was just right. I substituted oregano for the marjoram, left out the caraway seeds (I didn't have any) and added in some onion powder. They were light, crispy and delicious with some apple sauce. Thanks Sonya!

angelbrandi
7/29/2010

These were fantastic. I've always wanted to try potato pancakes, and I came across this recipe. I cut my potatoes into chunks and grated them with a rotary grater into a bowl of cold water and let it soak for half an hour. I also added onion salt to mine.The flavor is great and mine were light and fluffy. This is a keeper