they leave a mess in the kitchen. you can take off a finger grating the potatoes by hand. they take forever. you end up with a nasty cup of grease to dispose of. the house stinks for a week. they're starchy, greasy and loaded with calories. but they're crunchy, hot, and crispy and you serve them with sides of applesauce and sour cream.
pass on the french fries. we like potato pancakes. last night zoe and i ate16 of them. eight a piece. and we both could have eaten more. just potatoes, eggs, flour, onion and salt. no fancy seasonings or expensive ingredients. the jews call them latkes, the swiss call it rosti. the greeks call them hash browns. in new york at the delis down on canal street, i've seen them served with a dusting of confectioner's sugar.
we like the potato pancake.