Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes {Easy Potato Pancakes}

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes is an easy potato pancakes recipe. These grated potato pancakes combine smoked gouda and bacon to form a new version of German potato pancakes! 6 Servings




Potato Cakes

Are potato pancakes also potato cakes? Yes and no. Potato cakes are actually mashed potato pancakes. So this recipe for easy potato pancakes is actually grated potato pancakes.


Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes adds a level of flavor to potato pancakes that will make your mouth water with each bite. 


Potato Pancakes

So why am I giving the lesson in potato cakes and potato pancakes? Because I decided to do a twist on German potato pancakes. I decided to make this potato recipe and turn it into a smoked gouda recipe.


Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes adds a level of flavor to potato pancakes that will make your mouth water with each bite. 


Grated Potato Pancakes

If the truth be known I always thought potato cakes was hashbrowns. Growing up we always ate grated potato pancakes with apple sauce. Yes, you read that correct, we get these thin potato pancakes and there was always applesauce you dip them into.


Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes From Seduction in the Kitchen


German Potato Pancakes

Doing a little research the grated potato pancakes served with applesauce is German potato pancakes. Which makes sense to me. In Pa, there is a large German population there. So makes sense what I grew up eating is a German potato pancakes.


Mashed Potato Pancakes

Now according to a friend, mashed potato pancakes are Polish. They are larger and fluffier than the grated potato pancakes. When I went to a Polish food fest, they did serve up the mashed potato pancakes.




Easy Potato Pancakes

So now that we know the various types of potato pancakes, lets get to this smoked gouda recipe! I wanted to make very easy potato pancakes. By easy, I mean using shredded hashbrowns.


I admit I was lazy and did not want to grate potatoes. I also wanted to give a smoked gouda and bacon to these easy potato pancakes. The flavors in smoked gouda and bacon would really make these German potato pancakes burst in your mouth with yumminess.


Yes, this potato pancake recipe may be a grated potato pancakes cheat by using frozen shredded hash browns, but they do make for easy potato pancakes that are yummy!



Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes adds a level of flavor to potato pancakes that will make your mouth water with each bite. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen

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Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes
Yield: 6 Servings

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Potato Pancakes adds a level of flavor to potato pancakes that will make your mouth water with each bite.


  • 2 lbs potatoes peeled and shredded (about 3 large potatoes)
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 3 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons mixed diced peppers (red, green, yellow)
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add a thin layer of vegetable oil to a frying pan, just enough to coat the bottom.
  3. Combine potatoes with onions, peppers, and flour.
  4. Mix in shredded cheese and bacon.
  5. Spoon piles of potato and cheese mixture into the pan, making 3-inch rounds, about 1-inch apart.
  6. Cook cakes until golden and crispy, about 4 minutes on each side.
  7. Let them cool on paper towel lined plate as you cook up the rest the potato pancakes.
  8. Serve them up with sour cream, applesauce or both! ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 297mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

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  • Jenna
    January 14, 2017

    I adore potato pancakes!

  • Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    February 12, 2017

    Smoked Gouda makes everything better! (And good luck updating your recipes!)

  • Platter Talk
    February 12, 2017

    The only thing better then regular potato pancakes is potato pancake with cheese! Yum. Can imagine how good these will be with a couple of eggs over easy atop!

  • Anjali
    February 12, 2017

    Loving the concept of potato pancakes!!

  • Laura | Wandercooks
    February 12, 2017

    Smoked gouda is my freaking life saver but I’ve never thought to use it in savoury pancakes. Now this recipe is my life saver haha! Good luck with your recipe revamps, too!

  • Luci's Morsels
    February 13, 2017

    You had me at gouda and then took it a step further with bacon! This looks amazing!

  • [email protected]
    April 27, 2017

    Potato Pancakes sound amazing! I love the addition of the smoked gouda. Yum!

  • Emily
    April 27, 2017

    Oh yummy, they look so crispy and delicious and I love gouda cheese too!

  • Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    April 27, 2017

    This looks great! Thinly sliced potatoes are my THING, yum!

  • Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake
    April 27, 2017

    These potato pancakes look great – true winter comfort food! I might swap out the bacon if I make these for the holidays, but I love how crunchy and savory these sound.