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Need an Americans help - shredded potatoes........

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Gwenick Wed 02-Mar-05 16:10:18

I subscribe to an American menumailer which is fabulous (been using it for about 6 months now) and most of the American items I've managed to find reasonable substitutes for - however I'm stumped on this one

I need a package of frozen shredded potatoe??? closest thing in the UK please?????

Frizbe Wed 02-Mar-05 16:13:12

Could you just grate your own? or maybe costco do them frozen (quite a good source of American food stuffs! also selfridges at Birmingham if your after pancake mix, goldfish crackers etc) duno if this helps?

snugs Wed 02-Mar-05 16:16:56

Do they really sell frozen shredded potato in the US? Have they not heard of graters?

What's the recipe Gwenick (nosy emoticon) ?

Gwenick Wed 02-Mar-05 16:17:53

the recipe's for a Beef and Potatoe pie (seems I've got to use it 'from frozen' in the recipe rather than fresh [frown] ). I would post it here but I'll have my subscription cancelled if I'm found out!!

snugs Wed 02-Mar-05 16:21:25

Hmmm, shredded potato (assuming they just mean grated) will have an awful lot of water in it I would have thought, so maybe you need the extra moisture of using it from frozen.

You've got me all intrigued now.

<Wanders off to research Beef and Potato pie recipes .......>

Gwenick Wed 02-Mar-05 16:31:39

this is what it is..........anything I could use instead??

serenequeen Wed 02-Mar-05 16:40:56

mashed potato? rosti? i've never seen anything like that here.

snugs Wed 02-Mar-05 16:57:31

That explains the moisture problem then - they bake it all out first.

Never seen anything like that here Gwenick. I would be tempted to try using grated potato (you could maybe spread it on a baking tray and shove it in the oven for awhile first?) or get frozen rostis and break them up.

Gwenick Wed 02-Mar-05 17:05:34

Thanks guys - might try the Rostis' thing

no doubt an American will come on here once I've submitted my shopping to Tesco and tell me something I can use instead

crunchie Wed 02-Mar-05 17:08:53

Is is as a topping to a pie? Or instead of pastry? If it is a topping I would used grated potatoes as is. If it is as a pastry I would grate potatoes, sqeeze out all water, add an egg and a tbsp or two of plain flour. Season well. Then squish this mixture around a dish as pastry (it is a latke recipe without the grated onoins!!) It shouldn't need precooking

Gwenick Wed 02-Mar-05 17:10:47

it's for part of the filling

crunchie Wed 02-Mar-05 17:13:38

OK I know you can get frozen mashed potato at Adsa and Iceland. However I would probably subsitute with raw potato grated, water squeezed out.

crunchie Wed 02-Mar-05 17:19:05

OK looking around it sound like it is a bit like hash browns, you could try this too. Or try fying your own grated potato. However that defeats the object of simplicity

Gwenick Wed 02-Mar-05 17:19:42

also creates washing up

californiagirl Wed 02-Mar-05 18:59:17

I'm American, living in America, and I've never seen those potatoes. Live and learn, I suppose. I must admit I don't spend a lot of time looking at the potato section of frozen stuff, since if I do I might be tempted to buy Tater Tots, which I loved as a kid but which are evil. You could always grate potato and bake it for 50 minutes.

Ameriscot2005 Wed 02-Mar-05 19:14:09

I've seen shredded potatoes in America but never been tempted to buy them. You use them if you want to make rosti or hashbrowns. You should be able to adapt your recipe using fresh grated potatoes, suitably paper-towelled to mop up excess moisture.

It's amazing the convenience foods you can get in America - and people buy them too!

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