Thursday, January 05, 2012

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Ah, New Year's resolutions. Do you make them? Good for you. In a word for me? No. I'm not much of a goal-setter, truth be told. What am I? I'm an all good things come to those who wait kind of gal. I'm a think-it-through-er most of the time, but the older I get I'm also a just-go-for-it ... er. Apparently I'm also a maker up of words. And that being said, with two kids, and a job, and this wonderful yet hectic thing called life I'm quickly becoming a make-it-up-as-I-go-along ... er. (There I go again!)

Yeah, so I'm making things up as I go along. Just like this post. Let's be honest. This post doesn't have much point, except to tell you that I am quickly becoming a complete waste-not-want-not cook-er. (Just kidding. But parallel structure and all that jazz, right?) I'm a cook who brought home a rotisserie chicken one night (legs for Brad, wings for me) and turned the leftovers into chicken salad the next day. A cook who turned that chicken carcass into chicken broth (after said carcass took a stint in the deep-freeze). A cook who brought carrots and celery home from the wings joint, and turned them into a base for soup the next day (using said broth). A cook who peeled too many potatoes for that soup and turned them into mashed potatoes the next day. And I'm a cook who used those leftover mashed potatoes to make mashed-potato pancakes for a lazy Sunday brunch.

What kind of cook are you?

Mashed Potato Pancakes

There's really no recipe to share, here. I just did what I watched my grandmother do time after time. Take cold mashed potatoes - they have to be really cold and solid - and turn them into patties. Size doesn't matter, but do try to make them all the same thickness so they cook at the same time. Dust patties with all-purpose flour. And fry them in a few tablespoons of whatever fat you have on hand. Olive oil, bacon grease, chicken fat ... it will work! Et bon appetit pour vous!

How do you use leftovers?

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6 comments:

  1. I stir an egg and some flour and sometimes grated onion into the potatoes before they become patties. Good lunch! Happy New year!

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  2. You are my hero. I would love to use every little thing like you have, and I'm doing better. But I still have way too much that goes into the garbage. These mashed potato cakes sound heavenly!

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  3. I love mashed potato pancakes! Yours look delicious. :)

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  4. i rarely have leftover mashed potatoes because i love them so, but i'd be willing to make extra just for this purpose. yum.

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  5. I saw a recipe for this years ago and enjoyed making them since. A bit different than Latke's. But still delicious!

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