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The trouble with Latkes....

millygirl Dec 1, 2010 01:05 PM

Is I usually eat them faster than I can produce them!!!! OMG, they are delicious. I need an intervention.

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    E_M RE: millygirl Dec 1, 2010 01:16 PM

    Me, too.

    1. iheartcooking RE: millygirl Dec 1, 2010 01:37 PM

      I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend!
      Does anyone know-- can they sit on parchment paper on a cookie sheet instead of a cooling rack? I can't afford the latter at the moment. I read that paper towels are the worst!

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      1. re: iheartcooking
        millygirl RE: iheartcooking Dec 1, 2010 02:32 PM

        I used paper towels with no problems whatsoever. I not read a recipe that does not call for paper towel to absorb the oil. In what way are they the worst?

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          iheartcooking RE: millygirl Dec 2, 2010 07:32 AM

          i read on a few posts that they cause the latkes to steam and get soggy

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          scubadoo97 RE: iheartcooking Dec 1, 2010 02:37 PM

          Paper towels should help to wick away excess oil. The rack allows the food to drain and dry without sitting in it's own oil. Parchment paper or a cookie sheet will do nothing to absorb surface oil.

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            bakersdelight RE: iheartcooking Dec 2, 2010 04:33 AM

            crumpled up brown paper bags work well in a pinch.

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            brooklynkoshereater RE: millygirl Dec 1, 2010 06:55 PM

            i must've fried up about a hundred tonight and they're just about all gone (mostly my fault). but let's be honest - they're really only good when they're fresh, hot, and crispy - a day later and the magic is gone.

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              SIMIHOUND RE: brooklynkoshereater Dec 1, 2010 07:10 PM

              Our Bube's put them on an opened brown paper bag to absorb the oil. Nowadays many markets don't use these bag any more. A Freilach Hanukkah everyone.

              1. re: brooklynkoshereater
                monopod RE: brooklynkoshereater Dec 2, 2010 09:51 AM

                I have to disagree - pop leftover latkes into the toaster over for a few minutes and they re-crisp perfectly.

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                Sal Vanilla RE: millygirl Dec 1, 2010 10:25 PM

                Lipped cookie sheet (sheet pan) with one of your racks from the oven set atop it. Use paper towels to absorb, keep in oven to keep warm.

                You don't need no stinking cookie sheet!

                Nice hook with "The trouble with latkes..." I could not fathom such a thing and I had to know what it could be!

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                  hill food RE: Sal Vanilla Dec 1, 2010 10:46 PM

                  Sal: "You don't need no stinking cookie sheet!"

                  that really needs to be said in the best Jacques Pepin accent you can muster. and do they ever have a chance to sit that long? I have yet to witness that even in clueless houses.

                  brown paper would work better, as some brands of paper towel can release fiber (fine for cleaning a counter, not draining your food) for uninformed readers, use the mealiest, ugliest potatoes you can find (you want the starchy) and accept the first batch is just going to be wrong. so make that one small.

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                    millygirl RE: hill food Dec 2, 2010 04:50 AM


                    It's almost 24 hours later, and my house stinks.

                    Yesterday we were basking in the smells of freshly made latkes. Mr. Millygirl walked in from work and immediately said 'wow, something smells good".

                    And now, almost 24 hours later, the house wreaks.

                    That is the trouble with latkes, esp. once they're all devoured.

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                      Scagnetti RE: millygirl Dec 2, 2010 01:17 PM

                      <<And now, almost 24 hours later, the house wreaks.>>
                      This is EXACTLY the reason I don't make them anymore. My place smells awful for a long time and I loves me some latkes!

                    2. re: hill food
                      Rmis32 RE: hill food Dec 2, 2010 09:19 AM

                      Last year I used a different method to remove excess oil. Into my latkes,I stuck a wick, lit it and lo and behold, it burned for eight days.

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                        scubadoo97 RE: Rmis32 Dec 2, 2010 10:38 AM


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                          davmar77 RE: Rmis32 Dec 2, 2010 10:42 AM


                          my wife recently made some apple/cranberry sauce. goes great on latkes.

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