Pioneer Recipes: Potato Cakes

June 29, 2017  - by 

This potato cake recipe was brought across the plains by a young woman from Austria more than
a hundred years ago. Potato cakes are delicious served hot or cold
with any kind of meat or with a salad.


  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½  cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • Shortening


Wash and peel the potatoes. Use a fine grater to grate the potatoes. Combine the grated potatoes with the salt, milk, eggs, and flour. Melt the shortening in a skillet, and drop the potato mixture by the spoonful into the hot shortening. Fry the cakes until they are golden on both sides.

Food has a way of bringing the family together and carrying the emotions of family memories with it. Learn more about your pioneer ancestry and gather the family to try some of these historic recipes and to bring a taste of what life was like for your pioneer ancestors into your home.

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