Hash Brown Potato Pancakes

Hash Brown Potato Pancakes

We used to love to make potato pancakes with our leftover mashed potatoes as a kid and they were goooood. This new spin on them, though, I think is even better.

Idaho russet potatoes, Monterey Jack cheese, fresh green onions, bright red bell peppers AND a little crispy pancetta thrown in just for good measure (okay, for good taste).

This is the pre-packaged pancetta I often buy at Gelson's,
or you can go to the deli counter and have them slice it for you

cooked pancetta, red bell pepper, green onions, Idaho russet potato, eggs, garlic

Serves 6 (serving size one 5-in pancake)

2 medium to large size Idaho russet potatoes, peeled and shredded
10 pieces of thinly sliced pancetta, cooked (or cooked bacon or ham)
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
3 green onions, chopped (green and white parts)
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon kosher salt
lots of fresh cracked pepper
2 Tablespoons canola oil, plus more if needed
creme fraiche or sour cream, for garnish
fresh chives, for garnish

In large bowl mix together potatoes, pancetta, cheese, garlic, bell pepper, onions, eggs, salt, and pepper using your hands.

Heat skillet over medium high heat and add oil. Form patties and place in hot skillet. Cook approximately 1-2 minutes per side or until browned. Do not overcrowd pan and work in batches until done.

As you remove patties place on paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil or moisture. Use paper towels in between layers as you stack them on the plate.

Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream, and chives if desired.

use your shredder/grater attachment for your food processor and it will grate the potatoes in a few seconds
(if you don't have a food processor, grate by hand using a box grater)

mixture ready to be formed into patties and fried

frying patties

cheesy and yummy!


  1. I'm actually going to the shops now to buy potatoes for this, it looks so yummy!

  2. This looks great. I loved that you used pancetta and the peppers.

  3. Oh my goodness, your hash brown potato pancakes look soooo good. I love the addition of pancetta. I HAVE to make these! Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

  4. I really need to learn to eat breakfast before doing my daily blog reading. Everything I read; including this, makes my mouth water and my stomach growl even louder. This looks delicious and easy to make. Yum!

  5. Yummy...I love to make "breakfast for dinner" every couple of weeks. Will give this one a try next time!!

  6. Mmm these are pefectly golden brown!

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  8. I love potato pancakes and I think I would love them even better with pancetta! Great recipe, I am definitely saving this one.

  9. Yours pictures are so gorgeous and full of light. That potato pancake looks better than any hash brown I've ever eaten.

  10. Your photos are great! I'm going to have to try this for my younger daugher, she'd love these.

  11. I have been on a crazy pancake kick of late, but haven't branched into the savory realm yet. Your potato pancakes are definitely inspiring...they look delicious!

  12. Hi Veronica - Gorgeous looking pancakes - congratulations on making your photo into the Top 9 - that's awesome.

  13. Hi Sue - thank you so much - I was quite surprised..and thrilled!!

    Thank you Deborah!!

  14. Those look incredible! I love, love, love potato pancakes. And, the addition of the pancetta is perfect. Thanks! Kate @kateiscooking

  15. Well, they just look gorgeous - and 'attemptable!' Difficult to get reasonably priced / tasting pork here so we'll have to use a substitute. I'm sure we can think of something.

    Congratulations on Top 9 by the way :)


  17. How can the potatoes cook in one to two minutes? Whenever I make hash browns I always pre-cook the potatoes and then brown them.

    1. Hi - It's 1-2 mins for each side or until browned. The shredded potatoes are thin and so are the patties. Everything is done and tastes great :-)