Happy Sunday! Check out my Holiday Spice Latte from Stone Creek Coffee this morning! I love Sunday’s when we walk to church and then walk to our local coffee shop just down the street. I’ll love Sunday’s even more when I don’t have to be studying for my exams the rest of the day instead of watching football all.day.long. But this morning after chuch and coffee, it was all about the mashed potatoes.
I like mashed potatoes. I don’t L-O-V-E them by any means though. I don’t think I have ever even made mashed potatoes in my own house. I remember making them for my mom when I still lived at home. We would have them for week night meals and holidays, of course. But since we have been married, I think I have only had mashed potatoes at holidays. I think its because I don’t love them enough to go through the whole process of skinning them, boiling them, and mashing them. Just too much work.
I think it might be relatively safe to say that most of my readers have left over mashed potatoes sitting in their fridge right.this.moment. What do you do with leftover mashed potatoes that were so creamy and smooth on the day of Thanksgiving and then left over they become dry and crumbly? Well, if your my husband, his previous answer would have been “Turkey Tacos!”
Yeah, I know. I didn’t know what turkey tacos were before I met him either. He literally puts all of the leftovers from Thanksgiving into a tortilla shell and wraps it up. Thus…”Turkey Tacos!” I admit, I thought it was a little weird, but they are actually pretty good.
But this year I decided to do something a little different with the left over mashed potatoes that my mother worked so hard to skin, boil, and mash with her strong muscles. I present to you…Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes!
We kind of winged this recipe as we went. But it turned out great!! The mashed potatoes that my mom makes already has some seasoning and flavorings in it. Now that I think of it, I don’t really recall what is in there, but the leftovers don’t need too much more flavor. Feel free to add any herbs and seasonings that you think would be good. Mmm…basil? Rosemary? Yum!
If you have leftover mashed potatoes left in your fridge, they are calling your name to make some of these potato pancakes. But save a little bit for Turkey Tacos so your husband doesn’t get upset. Maybe that’s just mine though. I love him for it! 🙂
- 2 cups, leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 egg
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
- High-heat canola oil, for frying
- In a large bowl, combine your mashed potatoes, egg, garlic, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined. Your mixture should be just "wet" enough to form patties that will stick together, without being too runny. Using your hands, form your mixture into 4 patties, or pancakes.
- To your heated griddle, add approximately 1 tablespoon of oil and spread it out using your pancake flipper. Allow the oil to heat slightly prior to adding the cakes.
- Add the pancakes to the griddle. Cook each side until golden brown, approximately 7-10 minutes on each side.
- When cooked through, remove from heat. Top with sour cream, applesauce, or shredded cheese. I enjoyed mine with shredded cheese and turkey taco man liked the sour cream topping the best. Enjoy!!