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for my chanukah meal...potatoes but NOT latkes?

readytoslurp Nov 23, 2011 12:48 PM

Love latkas..hate the standing around and cooking in oil. thats it period.

I want to give some semblance of tradition so I want to do a potato dish because at chanukah the potato is star.... Here is another point. At my chanukahs I usually like to feature the influence of other cuisines on the basic ingredients and this year its morrocco!! I know of Aziza in san francisco and love it and will look at what the chef does with potatoes.. BUT

if any of you chowhounders have an idea of a potato dish that is festive and great and would be a good substitute instead of the latkas... Layered oniony something? I do not want to do a gratin. Give me something else.. Maybe a kugel?

Thanks everyone... and have a lovely thanksgiving.. I am already on chanukah because that is when I really cook.....

  1. w
    Wawsanham Nov 23, 2011 05:00 PM

    You can definitely sautee (I wouldn't say fry as that is too strong a word) the omlet/tortilla de papas in olive oil. In fact it needs to be done lightly in oil.

    1. goodhealthgourmet Nov 23, 2011 04:01 PM

      interesting tidbit about the history of traditional Chanukah foods:

      potatoes + cheese...scalloped potatoes or a gratin? or a crisp, cheesy kugel?

      1. e
        escondido123 Nov 23, 2011 03:02 PM

        What about a puree of potatoes and garlic using olive oil? There is also one Marcella Hazan does a mashed potato with baked onion where you could swap out olive oil for the butter

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          small h Nov 23, 2011 01:32 PM

          Actually, it's not the potato that's the point of latkes, it's the oil, burning miraculously for eight crazy nights. Can you do an oven-baked latke-type thing? (Not that the potato omelet doesn't sound very nice, also.)


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          1. re: small h
            readytoslurp Nov 23, 2011 03:46 PM

            well you know what I mean... thanks for the correction.. Its the oil for sure....

          2. w
            Wawsanham Nov 23, 2011 01:18 PM

            Maybe a "tortilla de papa" a Spanish dish akin to a potato omlet (you can add some onion). It's not Moroccan, but not too far away geographically.

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            1. re: Wawsanham
              readytoslurp Nov 23, 2011 01:24 PM

              absolutely love this idea!!!!

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