Stuffed Potato Pancakes – Draniki (VIDEO)

Draniki (aka deruny), are Russian stuffed potato pancakes made with grated potatoes. These are stuffed with a juicy meat patty - a delicious surprise! | natashaskitchen.com

This is a variation of my Mom’s classic draniki recipe. Draniki (also known as deruny), are unusual but tasty Russian stuffed potato pancakes made with ground potatoes.

These are stuffed and cooked with a juicy meat patty inside. It is a delicious surprise! This recipe starts with raw potatoes so the texture is nothing like the mashed potato pancakes we posted earlier.

It’s difficult to improve on this classic, but wow these are sure delicious!

Watch How to Make Stuffed Potato Pancakes – Draniki:


These are made on the star grater of a box grater. Be sure to use safety gloves for the process – these gloves (affiliate link) have saved my fingers countless times, especially with mandolin slicing. The potatoes can be diced and pureed in a food processor or blender to speed up the process and they will still be super tasty, but for the most authentic draniki texture, the box grater works best.

Draniki (aka deruny), are Russian stuffed potato pancakes made with grated potatoes. These are stuffed with a juicy meat patty - a delicious surprise! | natashaskitchen.com

One of the things I love most about the Russian and Ukrainian cuisine is the use of basic, inexpensive ingredients to make foods that are truly delicious.

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Stuffed Potato Pancakes - Draniki (VIDEO)

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Draniki (aka deruny), are Russian stuffed potato pancakes made with grated potatoes. These are stuffed with a juicy meat patty - a delicious surprise! | natashaskitchen.com
Draniki (aka deruny), are Russian potato pancakes made with grated potatoes. These are stuffed with a juicy meat patty - a delicious surprise!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$7
Calories: 314 kcal
Servings: 5 people (makes 16 potato pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled (5 to 6 medium potatoes)
  • 1 medium onion peeled
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream plus more to serve
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil (or other cooking oil)
  • 1/2 lb ground pork (or ground chicken or turkey)
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Into a large bowl, grate all of your peeled potatoes using the star grater side of a box grater (protect your hands with safety gloves!) Use a spoon to skim off and discard any excess liquid at the top (I removed about 1/3 cup).
  2. In the same bowl, grate the medium onion on the same star-grater side of the box grater (no need to wash the grater). Reserve and set aside 1 Tbsp of the grated onion for your meat mixture.
  3. Into the potato and onion mix, add 1 large egg, 3 Tbsp flour, 1 Tbsp sour cream, 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Stir to combine and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 lb ground meat, 1/4 tsp salt, pinch of black pepper and reserved 1 Tbsp grated onion. Mix just until well combined. Divide the meat into 16 thin patties, each about 2" wide and set aside.
  5. Heat a large non-stick pan* over medium heat with 2-3 Tbsp oil. Once oil is hot, add potato mixture 1 Tbsp at a time, flattening out the top with the back of your spoon. Immediately top each pancake with a meat patty and cover each one with another Tablespoon of potato mixture**. Saute 4 minutes per side or until cooked through and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and serve right away. Repeat with remaining ingredients, adding more oil as needed.

Recipe Notes

*Cut the cooking time in half by using 2 large non-stick skillets at once.
**If liquid starts to rise to the top of the potato mixture, give it a quick stir to incorporate it back into the batter. I typically stir between each batch.

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Potato Pancakes - Draniki (VIDEO)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 635mg 26%
Potassium 736mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 21.2%
Calcium 6%
Iron 29.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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These are tasty as is, but we love these best served with sour cream. They are a real treat any time of day!

Draniki (aka deruny), are Russian stuffed potato pancakes made with grated potatoes. These are stuffed with a juicy meat patty - a delicious surprise! | natashaskitchen.com

Did you also grow up eating draniki? Have you tried stuffing them yet?

Draniki (aka deruny), are Russian stuffed potato pancakes made with grated potatoes. These are stuffed with a juicy meat patty - a delicious surprise! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Melissa C.
    November 6, 2018

    Absolutely delicious!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2018

      Hi Melissa! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Morgan Jones
    October 23, 2018

    I made these for the first time today for dinner, and they were a huge hit! We used to have these on a regular basis when we lived in Kyiv, so it was like a taste of “home” for dinner tonight. I made a nice coleslaw with dill and apple to go with the deruny, so it was Ukrainian flavours all through the meal. Thanks for another wonderful Ukrainian recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Reply

  • Katie
    October 18, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Do you think ground beef (hamburger) would work instead of the ground pork?

    Thanks, Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2018

      I don’t see why not Katie! Just make sure it has some fat to beef ratio to make sure its not too dry Reply

  • Veronica Vekselshtein
    October 17, 2018

    Natashinka, thank you so much for this recipe! Reminds me of my babushkas latkes with a twist! I made this for my husband and I, thinking there would be leftovers, but I was wrong. My husband loved these so much! I followed your recipe step by step, and there is not anything I would change! (currently making your creamy chicken noodle soup, super stoked!) Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 17, 2018

      That’s so great Veronica! I’m so happy you all loved that! Soup sounds perfect right about now! Thanks for the great review! Reply

  • Allen Fields
    August 15, 2018

    All the videos I have seen, Mr. Bean NEVER “talks”! lol Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2018

      I haven’t seen them all but that’s interesting! Reply

  • Marina
    July 25, 2018

    I just used the grinder attachment to the kitchen aid mixer to grind/grate the potatoes and onion. It saves a lot of time and comes out the same as grating it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 25, 2018

      What a great idea! Thank you for sharing that with us Marina! Reply

  • Snizhana
    May 30, 2018

    I was looking through your recipes to make blueberry vareniki (still plan to do this week, bc I’m pregnant and want to freeze them for post-partum) & stumbled across these babies that I haven’t had for years! Def a delicious childhood food. I did them without meat (just how my mom did them) they came out delicious! And so easy!! And I can freeze these too! Score! You’re a life saver Natasha! Thank you!
    Also an idea, maybe you could do a video on easy foods a pregnant mama can freeze for postpartum care.? An idea:) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2018

      My pleasure! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. I will definitely keep your request in mind. Thanks for following and sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Olga
    April 3, 2018

    Do you know if I can freeze them? I love these but want to freeze some before I deliver my baby so it can be easier postpartum. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2018

      Hi Olga, these pancakes freeze well. I would recommend freezing them on the baking sheet that has been covered with plastic wrap. After pancakes freeze, remove them from the baking pan and store them in freezer friendly plastic bags. I wish you a very successful delivery, blessings to you and your family 😀 Reply

  • Niloofar
    March 15, 2018

    The Persians mix the meat with the rest of the ingredients and call it (Persian) Cutlet. It’s so good. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2018

      Yum! There are a lot of variations of this loved recipe! Reply

  • Galina
    January 6, 2018

    HI Natasha, what kind of flour can I substitute to make this gluten free? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 6, 2018

      Hi Galina, I haven’t experimented that way but since there is a minimal amount of flour, you could probably use any all-purpose gluten free baking flour to make these work, such as Bob’s Red Mill. I think that should work fine. Reply

  • Christine
    December 3, 2017

    My aunt was very recently telling me about a meal she loved as a little girl. She described it as a potato and meat pancake (we’re Ukrainian) and my grandmother would serve it with a brown gravy, but didn’t remember the name. This sound like it could be the one! thanks! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 4, 2017

      My pleasure Christine! I hope you love the recipe! Reply

  • Andrew J Jones
    November 20, 2017

    I thought Draniki is plain potato pancakes without meat–with meat these are Belorussian (according to the expert-ie my wife) and are called Kalduny! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2017

      Hi Andrew, we have never called them kalduny but I have heard that reference before from other readers. It may be a regional naming :). Reply

    • Monika
      January 10, 2018

      Kolduny are not sautéed …they are broil ..and they have different shape Reply

  • Julia
    October 29, 2017

    Hi,
    What the texture of drannik should be inside after it has been fried?(on outside it is crispy what about inside?) Is 8 minutes enough to cook potato through?
    Thanks

    Julia Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 30, 2017

      Hi Julia, they are moist inside and if they are made as shown and aren’t made overly thick, 8 minutes is sufficient to fully cook through the potato and meat. Reply

  • September 29, 2017

    Ah, I love simple snacks like these, and with such pantry staple ingredients, too! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 29, 2017

      Me too! I hope you love the recipe James! Reply

  • Vik
    September 27, 2017

    These look amazing, can’t wait to try making ’em. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 28, 2017

      They are super popular for good reason! Please let me know what you think when you decide to make them! Reply

  • Anna
    September 26, 2017

    My mom made these when we were growing up except we mixed the ground meat together with the potato mixture:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 27, 2017

      Thank you for sharing that with us! I honestly have not considered that but now I will have to try it! 🙂 Reply

  • Liliya
    September 26, 2017

    Hi, Natasha! Thank you for the recipe! I want to try it. Will chicken ground meat work the same as pork? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 26, 2017

      Hi Liliya, yes that should work great 🙂 Reply

      • Liliya
        September 28, 2017

        Thank you, Natasha!
        They were amazing! Kids were surprised that there were pelmeni inside draniki😁.
        The hardest part for me to shred potatoes and onions…
        Very yummy! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          September 28, 2017

          You’re welcome! I’m glad everyone enjoys the recipe! Thanks for sharing Liliya! Reply

  • Sam Marquez
    September 25, 2017

    Hi,

    I love all your recipes! Just wondering, does the pork cook through in the time that the potatoes are cooking? I’m worried about the pork not being fully cooked.
    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 25, 2017

      Hi Sam, yes it is fully cooked through after a total of 8 minutes (4 minutes per side) over medium heat. Reply

  • Kris
    September 23, 2017

    Is this a Russian recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 23, 2017

      Hi Kris, it is! I’m not sure if it originated in Russia or Ukraine but is is called different things in Russia, Ukraine and even has a different name in the Belarusian language. Reply

      • Marie Czarnecki
        September 23, 2017

        It could also be Polish. We Poles love potato pancakes.. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          September 24, 2017

          I’m guessing this recipe is probably known by many different names based on region. Do you make yours slightly differently or similar? Reply

        • Cincy
          October 2, 2017

          Yes they do, I am married to one and also the Germans love their potato pancake as well. Reply

          • Cindy
            October 2, 2017

            The Germans eat these with applesauce. I prefer the sour cream or just maple syrup is good too.

  • Lena
    September 23, 2017

    We love draniki! We made some classic ones last night and my 7 year old son ate lots of them. He said that they smelled so good. Thank you for all the good recipes!! Keep it going…. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 23, 2017

      You’re welcome Lena! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the recipes so much! Thanks for following and sharing your great review! Reply

  • September 22, 2017

    I totally agree! I made some potato pancakes yesterday, and processed potatoes in the food processor. Yeah, the taste is the same, but I prefer the texture of the pancakes when potatoes are grated on a box grater. The best! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 22, 2017

      Right! It does make a huge difference, totally worth the effort! 🙂 Reply

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