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Tocsi Rustic Hungarian Potatoes

Rustic Hungarian Potatoes: Tócsi

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  • Author: Judit Neubauer
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 portions 1x


Learn how to make tócsi, a fast, simple and delicious potato recipe from the Hungarian countryside.


Units Scale
  • 1.3 pounds potatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 pinches of salt
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • sunflower oil for frying



  • Prep Ingredients:
    • Wash, peel and grate the potatoes.
    • Peel the garlic cloves.

Cooking Process:

1. Prepare Potato Mixture:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes.
  • Press the garlic cloves (using a garlic press or finely mincing them) and add them to the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and salt. Stir everything together until well combined, ensuring the mixture is even.

2. Heat Oil for Frying:

  • Pour sunflower oil into a frying pan, ensuring there’s enough to shallow fry the potato patties.
  • Heat the oil over medium heat until it’s hot enough for frying. You can test its readiness by dropping a small bit of the potato mixture into the oil; it should sizzle upon contact.

3. Shape and Fry the Potato Patties:

  • Using a spoon, scoop out portions of the potato mixture and carefully drop them into the hot oil.
  • Gently press down on each scoop to flatten it slightly, forming a patty shape.
  • Fry each patty until it’s golden brown on one side, then flip and fry the other side. Ensure both sides are evenly browned and crispy.

4. Drain Excess Oil:

  • Place a few layers of kitchen towels on a plate.
  • As each patty finishes frying, transfer it to the plate with kitchen towels. This will help absorb any excess oil, ensuring your Tócsi isn’t overly greasy.

5. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Serve the Tócsi while still warm.
  • For an added touch of flavor and creaminess, accompany them with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt. If desired, enhance the dip with some extra pressed garlic or sprinkle with chopped chives.



Tip: Tócsi is best enjoyed freshly made, ensuring its outer layer remains crisp and the inside soft and flavorful.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Hungarian
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