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I was wondering what was the difference between these two potato recipes? Both of them seem to be near same but are referred differently. Is there even a difference or is it just word play?

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When you say 'potato pancakes', I assume you mean latkes or similar recipes where shreded potato is shallow fried in oil ... but there's also matafan, which is a Provincal French griddle cake made with mashed potato. – Joe Dec 2 '13 at 4:20
and related : – Joe Dec 2 '13 at 4:21
@Joe yeah specifically I was talking about Latkes. Didn't know about matafan! Very interesting :) and thanks for the link! – aug Dec 2 '13 at 4:22
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Potato pancakes are held together, usually with egg, sometimes flour as well. Hash Browns are usually just the potato, maybe onion and seasonings.

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ahh I suspected it was the egg but I wasn't sure. Thank you :) – aug Dec 2 '13 at 4:23
Hash browns can also be cooked on a griddle ... latkes are always fried (I've been the name translates to 'little oily thing') – Joe Dec 2 '13 at 4:28

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