Potato pancakes turn up in most European cultures, from Polish placki to Swedish rarakor, German kartoffelpuffer, and Irish boxty. They can be made from smooth cakes of leftover mashed potatoes to crispy shredded potatoes that resemble hash browns. However, today, we are making Bramborák or Czech Potato Pancakes.
Masopust is a carnival celebration that roughly translates to “meat leaving” or “goodbye meat”. Like many carnivals, it is a celebration before Ash Wednesday and Lent. Festivities usually are largest starting “Fat Thursday” instead of Tuesday like Mardi Gras. Czechs in rural areas will start the festivities by slaughtering a pig for their feasts. A meal of roast pork with sauerkraut is traditionally served and the day is filled with eating and drinking for strength and happiness for the rest of the year.