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What to Make along with Potato Pancakes?

Rick Feb 8, 2008 03:32 PM

I'm having 6 people over for potato pancakes on Saturday. I work half a day and they'll I'll be going food shopping. I'll have about one hour prep time before my guests arrive and an hour or so cook time. Right now I'm think pork will go well, but I'm sure there are some better ideas out there or something good to do with pork.

  1. DiveFan Feb 8, 2008 04:35 PM

    The local OPH restaurants serve some great ones with homemade corned beef hash, topped with a poached egg. Hope that you've been building up your HDL ratio!

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    1. re: DiveFan
      Rick Feb 9, 2008 05:15 PM

      Well I ended up doing a pork roast with a nice spice rub on top. We also had a fresh salad and I served sour cream and applesauce on the side. Now the other problem is next time I make them, any way to avoid the potato pancakes from sucking up all that oil?

      1. re: Rick
        doc_k55 Feb 9, 2008 06:27 PM

        Unfortunately, no... I do know some people who bake them on heavily oiled sheets - you could give that a try. Be sure to drain them well on paper after frying. I can never believe how much oil I use the one time a year I make potato latkes.

        1. re: doc_k55
          goodhealthgourmet Feb 9, 2008 07:53 PM

          doc_k55 is right. the only way to reduce the oiliness factor is to bake them at a high temp instead of frying.

    2. Suzy Q Feb 8, 2008 04:28 PM

      Okay, you guys are gonna have to help a shiksa out - what's the problem with pork and potato pancakes? I'm really curious about this one.

      (Yes, mods, I know this is slightly off topic, but it seems to be a big deal and the OP might also have interest in the answer.)

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      1. re: Suzy Q
        pamd Feb 8, 2008 04:39 PM

        not a true problem, it's just that potato pancakes are a typical Jewish food & pork obviously isn't.

        Do you have to go with "dinner" food? You could do a breakfast theme for dinner, but in a nice way- like whitefish salad, nova/lox, bagels, kugel, etc..

        1. re: Suzy Q
          nosh Feb 8, 2008 04:39 PM

          Potato pancakes, called "latkes," are a traditional Jewish dish, often served at celebratory meals. They are particularly traditional at Chanukah. Because pork is a forbidden food in Jewish homes that obey the dietary kosher rules, a Jewish cook or family would never consider serving pork at such an occasion. This is what is causing the dissonance when you mentioned serving the traditional potato pancakes with the very nontraditional pork.

          1. re: Suzy Q
            jfood Feb 8, 2008 05:00 PM


            Not a capital P problem and maybe not evena small p problem, but it throws the brain a curve ball.

            Potato pancakes, latkes are seved at several Jewish traditional dinners. Along with the latkes are other traditional Jewish foods. So the idea of pork taking a walk down the aisle with latkes is a difficult concept to grasp for many of us Jewish traditionalists.

            That being said, pork, potatoes and cabbage are a traditional dinner in many German Beer-halls.

            1. re: jfood
              Suzy Q Feb 9, 2008 04:49 AM

              Thanks for the info, y'all! This Southern-bred Episcopalian feels much more knowledgeable now. :-)

              1. re: Suzy Q
                goodhealthgourmet Feb 9, 2008 10:12 AM

                reminds me of an experience i had with my two southern roommates in college down in atlanta - one episcopalian, the other baptist. we were hung over and craving greasy food so we went to IHOP [hey, i was in college!]. one of them ordered potato pancakes, and when the waitress brought them to the table i asked why they didn't come with applesauce. i can still picture the looks of horror on my friends' faces :)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  Suzy Q Feb 9, 2008 10:42 AM

                  Talk about memories...at the IHOP near us when I was in college (who the heck didn't go there at 2:00 a.m. to "study", right?) at the University of South Carolina, you got one little dollop of sour cream, and they charged you extra for anything more. It seemed like we always had the same grouchy, old, delightfully cranky server, but if you sweet-talked and complimented her, she'd slip you the applesauce for free.

              2. re: jfood
                Sharuf Feb 9, 2008 06:15 AM

                When I think of potato pancakes, I think of applesauce on top, bratwurst or other white sausage alongside, some red cabbage, and a pot of mustard.

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              whops Feb 8, 2008 04:26 PM

              At Boston's Cafe Polonia I enjoyed potato pancakes two ways. Small potato pancakes topped with sour cream and a slice of smoked salmon--an elegant appetizer. Two large potato pancakes separated by a delicious goulash--a hearty main course. Perhaps you'd like to check their menu for other ideas.

              1. jfood Feb 8, 2008 04:13 PM

                jfood also grew up (oops and still lives in) a Jewish home. He was going to suggest brisket as well, but the time constraint won;tget you there. Pork and potato pancakes is like mayo on pastrami, hard for the brain to compute. So jfood would recommend a beutifully roasted chicken and veggies. Oh and lots of applesauce for the potato pancakes. Also think of braising some red cabbage for some neat color on the plate.

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                  doc_k55 Feb 8, 2008 04:14 PM

                  I guess it's too late now, since it's 8:15 already (assuming east coast time), but I always make my brisket a day before and reheat anyway.

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                    karykat Feb 8, 2008 04:23 PM

                    How about some salmon or lox on the side. Easy to do and would go well.

                    1. re: doc_k55
                      jfood Feb 8, 2008 04:56 PM

                      yup, brisket made day 1 and served day 2 is SOP in Casa Jfood.

                    2. re: jfood
                      HungryRubia Feb 9, 2008 09:46 AM

                      I'n not Jewish, but having lived in the NYC metro area my whole life, a little Jewishness rubs off and I too could not imagine pork with the latkes...it's like people who ask for cheese on pastrami....ewwww!

                      1. re: HungryRubia
                        SweetPea914 Feb 9, 2008 07:41 PM

                        lol when I was much younger I almost got thrown out of a bagel place for asking for a roast beef sandwich with cheese. I think the woman behind the counter nearly had a heart attack.
                        To the OP I Love salmon or lox on potato pancakes, especially with sour cream and capers!

                    3. goodhealthgourmet Feb 8, 2008 03:53 PM

                      having grown up in a jewish home, i just can't imagine potato pancakes being served with pork :)

                      we always traditionally ate them with either pot roast, brisket or roast chicken, but given your time constraints, i guess you'd have to do a lot of advance prep work...

                      1. Suzy Q Feb 8, 2008 03:47 PM

                        Sour cream and applesauce are my fave accompaniments to potato pancakes, as well as a cool crisp salad. What were you thinking of doing with the pork? Something grilled would be nice - battered/fried chops might be too heavy with the pancakes.

                        Hope it's a great evening!

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