French cooking Lorraine / Grand Est region

How do you make grated potatoes?

This is typically one of the dishes that our grandmothers used to make easily in the old days in the countryside, and that we've kind of forgotten about. It's a shame, because it's delicious, easy to make and inexpensive. Discover the recipe for easy potato shreds


This is a very old recipe in the Vosges and Alsace, where the potato arrived much more quickly than in the rest of France, probably under the influence of the nearby German states where it was already known. In the countryside, this dish was often served with smoked bacon.


Easy and simple to make: grated potatoes.


Ingredients for potato shreds.

For 4 big eaters (and it warms up well).


  • 1 Kg potatoes
  • 1 large white onion (or two medium-sized ones)
  • 24 Cl frying oil (1 glass water)
  • 1 little salt
  • 1 dash pepper



  • Chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraîche (that's how the Auvergnats do it).


Shredded potatoes. Photo chosen by HandmadePicture via depositphotos

Shredded potatoes. Photo chosen by HandmadePicture via depositphotos



How to make grated potatoes.



Peel your potatoes and run them under a little water.


Peel and finely chop your onion. If you like, chop some parsley too. Beat your egg in a bowl.


Shred your potatoes and place them on a dry kitchen towel to blot dry.


In a bowl where you put your beaten egg, add a little salt, a little pepper and mix your grated potatoes, your chopped onion (your parsley and your cream if you have chosen these options).


Shape your patties by scooping out what you need with a tablespoon and packing the contents between your two hands. Not too flat, not too strong


Heat some oil in a non-stick frying pan, and when it's hot, fry your grated cheese (you can add a little salt if you prefer).




What to put with grated cheese


You can enjoy them with chicken or meatballs. They're also great with bacon, which you can cook at the same time as the shreds.

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme is "monsieur de France" the author of this site.