[DAL] Latkes to Go?
- cooper281c Dec 4, 2007 07:21 AM
I'd like to celebrate Hanukkah tonight (I'm not Jewish, but have many fond memories of Shabbat dinners with friends in college).
I'm wondering if there's anywhere in Dallas that I can pick up prepared latkes and other traditional foods for this evening, maybe to go with a roast chicken. I asked the DMN Eats blog to cover it, but they haven't posted anything.
Does anyone know if I'd have luck at Whole Foods or Central Market?
I went to Whole Foods at 3:45, and they were out of latkes. The guy who checked me out said they'd been out since that morning. We picked up a rotisserie chicken that was OK, and some hash browns.
I made the "shortcut" latkes from the recipe that was on the DMN website and they were tasty -- I'd describe them as fresh. I felt kind of guilty not grating the potatoes myself, however. I mean, why not just call them hash browns? I tried to remind myself of the story of the Macabees. :) It's more about the oil, after all.
Oy! The reason that latkes are the things you crave is the personalization lent by those little shards of knuckle skin and the rosy protein enhancement of a bit of blood.
If you don't make them yourself (or find someone who does), I second the suggestion of Ed's or Deli News. Latkes, unlike hashed browns, are grated RAW potatoes. Actually, there are some very coarse microplanes that would do a great job. And very sorry but ... I hoard chicken fat and make my own schmaltz to fry them in. Hey, once a year is not going to kill me. The extra fat goes into making gehakte leber.
Further to thread, we're talking about hard-core ethnic comfort food here ... so it's blasphemy, akin to pronouncing the name of G*d to consider the aroma, the perfume, the seduction of frying latkes anything less than a burnt offering. Properly prepared latkes are right up there with world-class schtupping ... how can you say they smell! Ach! Du bist a shunte fun die goyim!!! Feh! May all your latkes be made with mashed potatoes ... from a box!!!