Potato Pancakes with Chive Yogurt Cheese

Give these as a Hanukkah present--potato pancakes that reheat easily in the oven. Attach heating instructions, and give the frozen pancakes with a package of smoked salmon for a terrific brunch option.


8 servings (serving size: 3 pancakes and 2 tablespoons yogurt cheese)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 187
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 6.3 g
Satfat 1.4 g
Monofat 1.7 g
Polyfat 2.7 g
Protein 6.7 g
Carbohydrate 27 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 56 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 417 mg
Calcium 104 mg


Yogurt cheese:
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Potato Pancakes:
6 cups shredded baking potato (about 2 pounds)
1 cup grated fresh onion
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided


To prepare yogurt cheese, place a colander or sieve in a 2-quart glass measure or medium bowl. Line colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth, allowing cheesecloth to extend over the outside edge. Spoon yogurt into the colander. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 12 hours. Spoon yogurt cheese into a bowl, and discard liquid. Stir in chives, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cover and refrigerate.

To prepare potato pancakes, spread the potato and onion between several layers of paper towels; let stand 15 minutes or until barely moist, pressing occasionally. Combine flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in potato and onion.

Heat about 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture for each of 6 pancakes onto pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Repeat procedure with the remaining oil and potato mixture. Serve the pancakes with yogurt cheese.

Note: To freeze, let cooked pancakes cool completely. Stack in an airtight container between layers of wax paper, and freeze for up to 2 months. To reheat, place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

December 2003