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#1 Post by J a y H a c k » December 3rd, 2018, 4:23 am

I offer you potato latkes. Fried potatoes, fried onions and friend egg. What more could you want? The only thing they are missing is bacon, but nothing is perfect. A couple of years ago, I made a batch fried in duck fat, which was a taste experience not to forget. I made about 80 of them last night in corn oil to freeze for a family party next Saturday night.
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#2 Post by Jim Friedman » December 3rd, 2018, 5:19 am

Great with Champagne.Happy Chanukah.

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#3 Post by David K o l i n » December 3rd, 2018, 5:24 am

I came really close to cooking them in bacon fat yesterday, but settled for a blend of olive and grape seed oils
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#4 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » December 3rd, 2018, 5:41 am

Totally agree! The smell of latkas frying brings back the happiest childhood memories for me. Making a batch later today.

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#5 Post by Dan Hammer » December 3rd, 2018, 7:00 am

J a y H a c k wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 4:23 am
I offer you potato latkes. Fried potatoes, fried onions and friend egg. What more could you want? The only thing they are missing is bacon, but nothing is perfect. A couple of years ago, I made a batch fried in duck fat, which was a taste experience not to forget. I made about 80 of them last night in corn oil to freeze for a family party next Saturday night.
Leftovers? I sure I can find something good to bring over. [cheers.gif]
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#6 Post by Adam Noble » December 3rd, 2018, 7:32 am

I was going to ask, "you mean other than latkes?", but your answer is correct. Made about 60 this weekend for a dinner with friends, and will make another 60 or so next weekend for the same.

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#7 Post by TimF » December 3rd, 2018, 8:20 am

J a y H a c k wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 4:23 am
I offer you potato latkes. Fried potatoes, fried onions and friend egg. What more could you want? The only thing they are missing is bacon, but nothing is perfect. A couple of years ago, I made a batch fried in duck fat, which was a taste experience not to forget. I made about 80 of them last night in corn oil to freeze for a family party next Saturday night.
I bet they'd be good fried in foie gras fat.

https://www.hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com/in ... s-fat.html

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#8 Post by adam landa » December 3rd, 2018, 12:13 pm

Consumed my fair share last night. Have also tried with some smoked salmon mixed in...very tasty, though need to balance with the salt.

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#9 Post by J a y H a c k » December 3rd, 2018, 1:32 pm

adam landa wrote:
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Consumed my fair share last night. Have also tried with some smoked salmon mixed in...very tasty, though need to balance with the salt.
I made a gluten free version using rice flour to absorb the extra liquid instead of matzoh meal. In order to tell them apart from the regular ones, I added some dried parsley, dried basil and finely chopped fresh rosemary to the batter so I could see the green flecks. I really liked the taste of those.
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#10 Post by Ron Slye » December 3rd, 2018, 2:24 pm

Any foolproof recipes? It has been a while since I made them, but I am now itching to have some good latkes!

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#11 Post by Lee Short » December 3rd, 2018, 5:20 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 4:23 am
I offer you potato latkes. Fried potatoes, fried onions and friend egg. What more could you want? The only thing they are missing is bacon, but nothing is perfect. A couple of years ago, I made a batch fried in duck fat, which was a taste experience not to forget. I made about 80 of them last night in corn oil to freeze for a family party next Saturday night.
They don't come with bacon?

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#12 Post by Kenny H » December 3rd, 2018, 6:51 pm

I started making these for my jewish FIL. With a robust whole grain mustard they are the bomb.
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#13 Post by NED VALOIS » December 3rd, 2018, 8:30 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 4:23 am
I offer you potato latkes. Fried potatoes, fried onions and friend egg. What more could you want? The only thing they are missing is bacon, but nothing is perfect. A couple of years ago, I made a batch fried in duck fat, which was a taste experience not to forget. I made about 80 of them last night in corn oil to freeze for a family party next Saturday night.
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#14 Post by J a y H a c k » December 4th, 2018, 6:51 am

Kenny H wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 6:51 pm
I started making these for my jewish FIL. With a robust whole grain mustard they are the bomb.
What!? Mustard on latkes? Mustard goes on pastrami and corned beef. Sour cream (when a dairy meal) or applesauce (with a fleischik meal) is the correct pairing.
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#15 Post by Kenny H » December 4th, 2018, 7:42 am

J a y H a c k wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 6:51 am
Kenny H wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 6:51 pm
I started making these for my jewish FIL. With a robust whole grain mustard they are the bomb.
What!? Mustard on latkes? Mustard goes on pastrami and corned beef. Sour cream (when a dairy meal) or applesauce (with a fleischik meal) is the correct pairing.
This was at the direction of my FIL so take it up with him, I would be glad to give you his phone number. I will warn you he grew up in Queens and spent 1970-1990 as NYPD in the Bronx. Colorful, is my go to euphemism.
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#16 Post by Corey N. » December 4th, 2018, 7:55 am

J a y H a c k wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 6:51 am
Kenny H wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 6:51 pm
I started making these for my jewish FIL. With a robust whole grain mustard they are the bomb.
What!? Mustard on latkes? Mustard goes on pastrami and corned beef. Sour cream (when a dairy meal) or applesauce (with a fleischik meal) is the correct pairing.
You can make a pastrami sandwich subbing the latkes for rye bread, top with mustard. Best of all worlds.
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#17 Post by Mike Evans » December 4th, 2018, 8:28 am

Corey N. wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 7:55 am
J a y H a c k wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 6:51 am
Kenny H wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 6:51 pm
I started making these for my jewish FIL. With a robust whole grain mustard they are the bomb.
What!? Mustard on latkes? Mustard goes on pastrami and corned beef. Sour cream (when a dairy meal) or applesauce (with a fleischik meal) is the correct pairing.
You can make a pastrami sandwich subbing the latkes for rye bread, top with mustard. Best of all worlds.

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#18 Post by Corey N. » December 4th, 2018, 8:42 am

Mike Evans wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 8:28 am
Whoa.

Brisket is a whole lotta work, but damn if I don't want to make that this weekend.
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#19 Post by Bdklein » December 4th, 2018, 9:40 am

How about this use of latkes ? I say skip the eggs, add more lox, and add some raw red or sweet onion.
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#20 Post by David K o l i n » December 4th, 2018, 11:09 am

Corey N. wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 8:42 am
Mike Evans wrote:
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Whoa.

Brisket is a whole lotta work, but damn if I don't want to make that this weekend.
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#21 Post by J a y H a c k » December 4th, 2018, 5:44 pm



I smoked some home made pastrami to serve with the latkes. Cheese is easy, but we weren't big on gravy in my family. You needed butter, cream or milk so it didn't work with meat or poultry, so my mother never made it. Maybe I will give it a whirl. If my wife kills me, send donations to Laura's House.
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#22 Post by Eric LeVine » December 4th, 2018, 7:06 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 6:51 am
Kenny H wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 6:51 pm
I started making these for my jewish FIL. With a robust whole grain mustard they are the bomb.
What!? Mustard on latkes? Mustard goes on pastrami and corned beef. Sour cream (when a dairy meal) or applesauce (with a fleischik meal) is the correct pairing.
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#23 Post by Robert Broder » December 5th, 2018, 3:44 pm

Can't believe what I'm reading here. What happened to frying latkes in old fashioned schmaltz. Rendered chicken fat for the uninitiated. Side benefit is gribenes the Jewish equivalent of pork rinds except it is chicken skin cracklings in the rendering process. Duck fat probably ok, but poutine, yuk. Picture alone makes me nauseous.

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#24 Post by Ron Slye » December 5th, 2018, 8:21 pm

Robert Broder wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Can't believe what I'm reading here. What happened to frying latkes in old fashioned schmaltz. Rendered chicken fat for the uninitiated. Side benefit is gribenes the Jewish equivalent of pork rinds except it is chicken skin cracklings in the rendering process. Duck fat probably ok, but poutine, yuk. Picture alone makes me nauseous.
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