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Czech Potato Pancakes:

What's The Big Idea?

These are very popular traditional Czech pub snacks, delicious with a nice cold Czech beer!
To call them pancakes is a bit misleading - they're more like potato rosti. Whatever the name, they make great half-time snacks. Do all the prep before the game, and keep the mixture in the refrigerator until ready to use. As soon as the ref blows the half-time whistle, dash into the kitchen and fry up a batch of these. Eat immediately - they don't keep, and aren't great cold. All you need to add is a few bottles of Pilsner Urquell or Budvar!

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 6 large potatoes, peeled
  • 60ml of warm milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 100g plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Option: You can add bits of fried bacon or chopped salami into the bramborak mixture if you like.

What To Do

  • Grate the potatoes. Place in a bowl and pour in some warm milk
  • Mix in the garlic, egg, salt, pepper and marjoram. Gradually mix in the flour
  • Heat some of the oil in a non-stick frying pan, and spoon some of the mixture into the pan
  • Experiment with the thickness and size of the pancakes; some people like them thin and crispy, others prefer them a bit thicker
  • Fry each side of the pancake until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side
  • Repeat with the remaining mixture, adding more oil to the pan if necessary

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