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How many pounds of potatoes do I need to make latkes for 12 people?

asked by Brette Warshaw almost 3 years ago
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luvcookbooks

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added almost 3 years ago

Melissa Clark says 2 russet potatoes makes thirty six latkes, so I would say 6 russet potatoes for 12 people. A little extra because the recipe always seems to make a few less than it says and because it's better to have too many than too few. I'm making latkes tonight, too, Happy Hanukkah!

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added almost 3 years ago

that number of potatoes to yields 36 latkes seems low to me. I shred my potatoes though, not grate them and are approx. 4 in. circumference. Also, my family are latke fiends, eating more than 1-2 per person.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks Meg! Happy Hanukkah!

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added almost 3 years ago

2 russet potatoes makes thirty six latkes? That sounds like a lot of latkes from 2 potatoes. A smitten kitchen recipe notes that she gets 12 small latkes per 1 potato , 1 small onion, 1 egg and 1/4c flour. That seems more on the mark to me. For regular size latkes, thats probbly six per potato. If latkes are the star of the night, I would guess somewhere around 10 potatoes. Can't run out of latkes...
potatoes for 12 pple, especially since you can't run out of latkes.

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added almost 3 years ago

My dziadek use to make the best latkes, I could never get the as thin as he.

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added almost 3 years ago

Aack! I went back to the recipe and Melissa Clark's recipe makes 16-20 latkes, starting with 2 large russet potatoes, about one lb. And my dinner tonight starts with latkes, followed by flanken and polenta... so it all depends.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added almost 3 years ago

Your right Meg, it depends. I've been making latkes for 2 weeks for different gatherings and I've found that organic russets are smaller than regular Idaho potatoes. Size does matter. : )

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added almost 3 years ago

Hello! I made latkes tonight and used 4 lbs of potatoes to make latkes measuring about 3-inches each. I didn't count how many latkes the batch yielded but it fed three adults and one toddler plus leftovers. I also have to mention that we had the latkes as a main course with two salads as sides. I suppose you would have to faactor in whether you'll be serving the latkes as a main.

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added almost 3 years ago

I was just about to say that it all depends on whether the latkes ARE the meal, or are PART of the meal.

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added almost 3 years ago

I used 8 medium sized Yukon gold potatoes and it served 6 adults. We devoured all of them even though we had lots of other good food.

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added almost 3 years ago

I used 8 medium sized Yukon gold potatoes and it served 6 adults. We devoured all of them even though we had lots of other good food.