Bramboráky (Czech Potato Pancakes)

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Bramboráky (Czech Potato Pancakes)

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Adjust Servings:
2 lbs potatoes raw, peeled
5 cloves of garlic
1 egg
1/2 cup Milk
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp marjoram
Salt & pepper
1 tsp caraway seeds
Pork Lard or cooking oil
  • 45 min
  • Serves 6
  • Medium




Bramborák means potato pancake and is a signature dish (or side) often seen at Czech fairs, markets, and festivals, but also in traditional Czech restaurants.

They are very simple to prepare and will not glue you to the kitchen counter for long. Grated potatoes, crushed garlic, onion, milk, caraway, marjoram, flour, and eggs are mixed into a dough and, using a ladle, poured into a pan. Here they sit until golden brown and crisp on both sides and then go straight to your plate. They pair very well with a cold beer, gouláš, or both!


  1. Grate the raw potatoes and put them in a mixing bowl.
  2. Heat the milk until it gets hot. Pour the hot milk over the grated potatoes and mix.
  3. Add garlic, flour, eggs, marjoram, caraway seeds, and salt. Stir well to combine. You will get a semi-liquid batter.
  4. Melt the lard in a pan on medium heat and scoop the mixture onto the pan.
  5. Fry until the pancakes are golden brown on both sides.
  6. Before serving, drain the pancakes of excess grease with a paper towel.

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