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Subject: Potato pancakes using instant potatos?
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: jimsmith[at]nospam.net
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 17:25:02 GMT
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I was wondering if I can use instant mashed potato flakes to make good
german-style mashed potatos? I have a huge can of the flakes and would
like to find good uses for them.

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From: catmandy99[at]aol.com (Sheryl Rosen)
Date: 02 Dec 1999 02:43:20 GMT
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No, no, no. 

Good german-style potato pancakes must be made from potatoes. There is no
shortcut.  

You can make somewhat edible mashed potatoes from that can of flakes....and if
you add some fried onions and some sour cream, they might actually be tasty.

Instant potato flakes can be used successfully to thicken potato soup.

You could also make them into mashed potatoes and make potato croquettes. they 
won't be the type of  potato latkes you're looking for, but they will probably
taste ok.

Nothing beats fresh potatoes.

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From: Tara Danielle 
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 14:30:01 GMT
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A shortcut that's just as easy, almost as cheap and tastes much better
is to use a bag of OreRida shredded frozen potatoes, hash brown style.
Defrost and pat dry first.  My family uses the powdered manishevitz
taters, and I like these from real potatos much better.
Bye,
Tara in NJ

PS It doesn't have to be OreRida of course.

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From: jimsmith[at]nospam.net
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 06:47:11 GMT
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Tara Danielle wrote:
>A shortcut that's just as easy, almost as cheap and tastes much better
>is to use a bag of OreRida shredded frozen potatoes, hash brown style.

Thanks for the tip. I'll try it.

The real reason I asked is that I have a HUGE can of Idahoan instant
pototo flakes and am looking for creative uses for them. And I like
potato pancakes, but hate the mess and fuss of peeling and cooking and
shredding fresh spuds.

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From: jdeinet[at]shentel.net
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 20:16:44 GMT
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>I was wondering if I can use instant mashed potato flakes to make good
>german-style mashed potatos?

Having been born in Germany and having made German potato pancakes
often I must say that the answer is no. The true German pancakes call
for coarsely grated potatoes (very coarse, in fact) and this texture
cannot be achieved from instant. The coarsness is almost the equal to
what the Swiss call rosti (a very large pancake). Always remember to
mix in coarsely grated onions and other seasoning.

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From: Siobhan Perricone 
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 21:53:57 -0500
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>I was wondering if I can use instant mashed potato flakes to make good
>german-style mashed potatos? I have a huge can of the flakes and would
>like to find good uses for them.

Well, you can make a number of really nice things with potato flakes.  I
don't know what german-style mashed potatoes are, so I can't say if flakes
could be used to substitute.  I'd give it a try and see what I got.
Probably what you'll get won't be exact what you're looking for in
"german-style mashed potatos", but it'll probably be good in its own right.

I know that when I make potato pancakes with flakes, I have to make sure
that I add extra flakes so that it's thicker, and it takes more flour, but
you can't add *too* much flour, or it'll get too sticky.  Some nice
onions... and eggs, you need to add eggs.  I don't know if what I'm doing
is loosely based on german-style or not.  I just know that's what mom did
with leftover mashed potatoes. :)

Anyway, other things you can do with potato flakes are use them to thicken
soups and stuff.  You can put mashed potatoes on top of shepard's pie.  And
you can use them instead of potato water (actually, you mix the flakes into
some water so it's thin) to make killer potato bread.

I also add mashed roasted garlic, or cheddar cheese, or plain ole minced
garlic to dress up the mashed potatoes.

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From: jimsmith[at]nospam.net
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 21:02:51 GMT
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Siobhan Perricone wrote:
>Well, you can make a number of really nice things with potato flakes.  I
>don't know what german-style mashed potatoes are, 

Sorry! I meant to say german-style potato *pancakes*. Ooops.

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From: Siobhan Perricone 
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 07:04:51 -0500
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jimsmith@nospam wrote:
>Sorry! I meant to say german-style potato *pancakes*. Ooops.

Even so, I don't know what those are. :)

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From: dawna[at]portal.ca (Spooky)
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 1999 05:00:33 GMT
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jimsmith@nospam wrote:
> I have a huge can of the flakes and would
>like to find good uses for them.

Simply in the spirit of using up the can, I suggest you try using the
potato flakes to make bread.  Pretty much any basic bread recipe can
get a lift from mashed potato or potato flakes (although you may need
to use more liquid).  The potato starch seems to be a prefered food of
the yeast, and the bread will rise high and be lighter in texture if
you use a little potato, in my experience.  Also very good for dinner
rolls.

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From: Bill 
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 1999 21:03:51 GMT
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The instant potato flakes would make nice "snow" in a Christmas vignet and
this might be the best use I can think of for instant potatoes. <:)  Another
good use might be to donate them to a shelter or some other social service
program.


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