Cooking was a little bit different before the microwave, especially when it came to leftovers. A week or so ago, I posted about how my Mom used to serve leftover pasta. This time around, I am posting about what my Mom used to do with leftover mashed potatoes. After all, before the microwave there really wasn't a great way to reheat leftover mashed potatoes.
If you are lucky enough to have leftover mashed potatoes, you should consider making these Potato Cakes. They are not healthy, whatsoever, but they are delicious.
Potato Cakes - adapted from my Mom
*Recipe can be doubled*
1 cup of mashed potatoes (can also use sweet potatoes)
1 egg or egg white
1/4 cup a/p flour, plus a little extra to coat your hands and form the cakes
3 tablespoons butter, or oil, whichever you prefer
Put one cup of leftover mashed potatoes in a medium-sized bowl. (One cup of mashed potatoes will make about 2 large or 4 small potato cakes). Add in one egg or one egg white and about 1/4 cup of flour. Stir together. Form the mashed potato mixture into 2 large patties or 4 small patties. If the mixture is a little sticky, coat your hands with flour and pat mixture into cakes.
Melt about 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-heat in a nonstick skillet. I'm sure you could use any skillet, but nonstick seems to work best for this recipe.
Put the potato cakes into the skillet and fry over medium-heat. You want to fry them slowly so that the potatoes have a chance to warm through. When the edges of the potato cakes start to brown, it is probably time to flip.
Look at those delicious and buttery fried potato cakes - yum!! Fry on the opposite side until you achieve the desired color and crispness.
My Mom liked to serve these for breakfast with eggs and bacon. To this day, that is one of my favorite breakfasts. Of course, back then I could eat these fried mashed potatoes and not think twice about it:D These are also delicious served with pork chops or steak.
You can top these beauties with all kinds of fun things:
There are also all kind of things that you can add to the Potato Cakes to give them more flavor and/or to use up other leftovers on hand:
Any green vegetables
Diced up hard-boiled egg
I've also toyed with the idea of forming the cakes, dipping them in egg, and then coating them with panko and frying. I think that would be delicious too!
I am also submitting this recipe to Reeni's Side Dish Showdown, click here for details. Reeni of Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice is hosting a monthly event to celebrate side dishes. I think that these Potato Cakes are one side dish that everyone, including kids, would love to eat!
Have you had Mashed Potato Cakes before?
What do you like to do with your leftover mashed potatoes?