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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
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and related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/13102/67 –  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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