Monday, May 24, 2010

Mashed Potato Pancakes

  I have a question for you. Do you throw away leftovers? BE HONEST! Some people throw away leftovers because "Well, no one will eat it, so I might as well just get rid of it." Are you kidding? That's such a waste! I NEVER throw away leftovers because there's always a way to use them in another recipe and breathe new life into them. My Dad used to always say "Wrap it up, I'll put it on a sandwich later." And he always did!
 My parents were brilliant in figuring ways to stretch a dollar, especially since they had 11 children to feed. I guess that's how Mom came up with this little gem of a idea.
  You have a bunch of mashed potatoes leftover from dinner last night, what do you do? Fry them up and serve them with breakfast the next day! They're SO yummy and hearty. It's sort of like a different twist on hash browned potatoes.
 So this isn't really a recipe as much as it's a leftover user upper. Just scoop up some leftover mashed potatoes, throw them into a hot skillet with a little oil or butter, and let them saute until they're golden on the bottom, then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side. The key is to leave them alone while you're waiting to flip them. Otherwise, they'll fall apart. If you added a lot of butter to your mashed potatoes, you probably don't even need to add very much oil or butter to the pan (if any). Just use your own judgment. You can also add things to your potatoes before you fry them up. Chopped onions or scallions, minced garlic, any fresh herbs or seasonings. Anything at all!
If you like hash browns, I know you like this too!


Anonymous said...

Love these! You actually brought back childhood memories and a new craving, thanks!

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