These crispy and golden delights are made from grated potatoes, onions, and a touch of seasoning. Hailing from the charming landscapes of Belarus, Draniki encapsulate the essence of Belarusian culinary tradition and the use of simple, local ingredients. Join us as we guide you through crafting this crispy masterpiece, inviting you to savor the authentic taste of Belarus’s cherished culinary heritage.
- 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated
- 1 small onion, finely grated
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Sour cream or applesauce, for serving (optional)
- Grate the peeled potatoes using the large holes of a box grater. Place the grated potatoes in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out excess liquid.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes, finely grated onion, egg, and all-purpose flour. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
- Heat a generous amount of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Take a handful of the potato mixture and form it into a flat, round pancake, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
- Carefully place the potato pancake into the hot oil. Repeat this process to make more pancakes, making sure not to overcrowd the skillet.
- Fry the pancakes for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are crispy and golden brown.
- Remove the cooked Draniki from the skillet and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
- Serve the hot Draniki with sour cream or applesauce if desired.