Josh and the kids love potato latkes and I hate making them. Not a good
combination. So we compromise. I make them once a year, they're happy and I
grumble the entire time.
I feel like I have been extra busy lately and just extra tired. The thought
of peeling all those potatoes and then hauling out the food processor was
completely overwhelming. I sat and sat (my favorite thing to do besides lying
down) and thought about ways to get out of doing all that work. And then I
thought, "hmm, instant mashed potato flakes. You don't have to peel those. I
wonder what would happen..."
And this is what happened*.
I made 8 servings of instant mashed potatoes in a pretty big bowl and set the
bowl aside to cool off. I used rice milk instead of real milk to keep things
pareve here. Then I added 3 eggs and 3/4 cup flour to the bowl and mixed until
it was combined. It still looked like mashed potatoes but now it had raw eggs so
I had to remember not to lick the spoon. Although now that I think about it, I
always lick the leftover brownie batter from the bowl without thinking twice and
that has eggs in it. Yum. I wish I was making brownies instead. But I digress.
By the way, at some point you should add some salt to the mixture. I forgot
to and while these latkes tastes pretty good, they can definitely use some salt.
Heat up some oil in the frying pan. Drop the potato mixture into the pan. I
want to tell you what size spoon to use, but I don't know what size to call this
spoon. It's the big one that you might mix things with that came with your
silverware set. Let the latkes brown on the bottom; they take a while. Flip them
over and brown the other side. These little guys are crunchy on the outside and
soft, kind of like mashed potatoes (duh!) on the inside.
Serve warm with applesauce or (and I stress the "or" part here) ketchup.
You can do sour cream if you like, but just the thought of that makes me feel
like I need to leave the room.
I will stress that these latkes do not tastes like your grandmother's hand
grated latkes. But they are definitely good enough to pass off as
This recipe made about 35 latkes. Plenty.
*This is what happened first though. That whole story up there sounds so
nice and normal. Think of recipe in head and watch it work. Yeah, so that's not
how it really works. What happened first was that I attempted to fry the mashed
potato mixture without adding any eggs or flour. Nothing good happened. In fact,
bad things happened. Specifically, this:
The latkes (and I use that term loosely) did not brown, stay together or
firm up at all. They burned and crashed. But you know what, nu nu. Live and
Learn. And then add some flour to bind everything together.
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