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Dec 14, 2008 05:54 AM

Latkes with frozen shredded potatoes?

I'm making latkes for two kindergarten classes- have less than an hour and can't do any prep at home. The teachers suggested the box mix but said I could explore a way to do grated potatoes. I don't think there's any way to do fresh b/c I can't do any prepwork at home and don't have much time. I see recipes on line using frozen hash browns. Has anyone ever tried this? If so, how do they turn out? Any input would be much appreciated!

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  1. Latkes made with frozen potatoes are hash browns, not latkes. The boxed mix = blech!You'd do better to make them ahead of time and reheat in the oven. Just grate some potatoes "onstage" to show them how it's done and how they'll darken if you aren't quick about it. Some of these recent posts about foods to be made in the classroom are impossible unless the teacher's aide is Rumpelstiltskin!

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    1. re: greygarious

      We can't bring pre-made things into the school - has to be made on premises or store-bought. Thanks though.

    2. Try the Simply Potatoes (fresh grated potatoes). They are readily available in our grocery stores in the dairy section. They make a killer latke, and because you can put everything together so fast, they never turn brown. Grate (Cuisinart) the onions at home and then just mix together with the flour, eggs and salt and fry in peanut oil in electric frying pans on site. Be sure to have LOTS of help, even with the short cut, it's a messy and potentially dangerous little operation! Chag Sameach!

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      1. re: donali

        My mom swears by the ease of Simply Potatoes - no more grated knuckles and no grey potatoes. The congregation always votes her latkes in the top of the Latke Cook Off at the shul.

        1. re: donali

          Thanks to both of you for the suggestion. I ended up doing a test run w/ the frozen potatoes and they turned out ok. I hadn't thought of the dairy case- thanks!