Crispy Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancakes)

To celebrate the World Cup, OXO asked if I would like to create a different cuisine of one of the 32 participating countries mouth-watering recipes for the World Cup Blogger Challenge. Without hesitation, I backed Germany to win and picked two utensils to cook two German dishes: 2.8L Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl and Potato Ricer.

OXO bowl ricerThis recipe is inspired by a proper Kartoffelpuffer recipe (please see below) with a few additional ingredients.

potato pancakeTo make this crispy potato pancake, you will need:


  • 3 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup of cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of plain flour, plus more for coating
  • Handful of chopped green spring onion
  • 2 tablespoon of milk
  • 2 tablespoon of salt


  1. Peel and chop the potatoes into chunks. Boil it until soft and drain well with a sieve.
  2. Use the potato ricer to mash the cooked potatoes. The ricer is made from strong stainless steel, and the non-slip knob holds it in place on any pot or bowl. oxo potato ricer
  3. Mix it with cheese, egg, flour, spring onion, milk and salt. If you find that the mixture is quite soft and wet, add more flour to thicken it. Otherwise leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours before use. OXO stainless bowl
  4. Use a scoop and scoop up a portion of mixture and drop it in the plain flour. Then cover the mixture with more plain flour. Pat off the excess flour. It is quite soft and might go everywhere. I had a flour bomb go off when I pat it next to a window!
  5. I used a Pyrex pancake pan and spray oil as my husband is very health conscious. It would be better to use a pan filled with plenty of oil to fry the mixture. pyrex pancake pan
  6. As it is not very oily, I didn’t need to use kitchen paper to absorb the oil. If you deep fry it, you may wish to do so. Serve it hot! crispy potato pancake

I cooked extra for my children and after reheating it, it was not as nice as before. So it is best to eat it while hot. Also I find that coating the mixture with flour made the pancakes crispy. Without the coating, it tastes quite flat.

I have also made this Kartoffelpuffer using’s recipe. Please click to see the ingredients and the method for cooking it. To grate onion is my worst nightmare. In the end, I choose to chop it up. My children don’t like the onion, hence I swapped it with green spring onions on the top recipe. Also this kartoffelpuffer are thicker and not crispy.

Kartoffelpuffer ingredients
oxo stainless steel bowl
Kartoffelpuffer cook
germany KartoffelpufferI love this stainless stain bowl as it come with a non-skid base that makes them extra sturdy and resistant to slipping, even when surfaces are wet. It has an attractive, brushed stainless steel interior that retains temperature and a white plastic exterior that shields your hands from extreme temperatures. This 2.8L size is perfect for use with electric mixers and is dishwasher safe.

As for the potato ricer, this is so easy to use and makes fluffy potato that melts in your mouth. The design is great with its non-slip knob which holds it in place on any pot or bowl. It is easy to clean but the only problem is that it does not disassemble. Overall I love these two tools as they are of great quality and should last a very long time.

Disclosure: We have received the products to do this challenge.

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  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    These sound really tasty, have pinned to try later :) #Pintorials

  • Hodge Podge

    YUM! I have a bowl like that – great for cooking with kids (and clumsy oafs like me) 😉

  • Hellies Corner

    They look very tasty, I’ve made potato cakes before (which look to be very similar) but I’ve never add to cheese to them.

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    These remind me of potato bread which was always served with a fry up in Northern Ireland. They look lovely

  • Denise Johnson

    They sound really nice and something that I think my kids would love so I may have to make some of those soon! #Recipeoftheweek

  • over40andamumtoone

    They look good, I’ve eaten these on work trips to Germany – lovely.

  • Twinsplustwo

    I like the onion version – I’ve posted a recipe for potato cakes today too! #recipeoftheweek

  • One Busy WAHM

    These sound fab – I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce these though, lol. Can I just call them potato pancakes? :)

  • mummyoftwo

    Your pancakes do look lovely but I’m not happy you have backed Germany to win 😀