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

Potato pancakes are held together, usually with egg, sometimes flour as well. Hash Browns are usually just the potato, maybe onion and seasonings.

  • 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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