What do you do with leftover mashed potatoes? I mean, really – who does much with them?? There are recipes out there, of course, but if you are like me, you aren’t going to a darn thing with leftover potatoes, except eat them, and then 3 weeks later, after you’ve forgotten they are in the back of the fridge, throw them out.
This recipe is a perfect and easy solution. Perfect for leftovers from Thanksgiving, or that roast you made on Saturday. It’s a quick put together for a weeknight meal, or with a breakfast of eggs on a Sunday morning.
I’m really trying to practice the frugality that I’ve learned over the years, and this recipe is great on the pocketbook. Use leftover mashed potatoes – the remainder of the ingredients are usual pantry staples, with the cheese being about the only thing you might not have on hand.
Leftover Mashed Potato Cheese Pancakes
2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
3 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter
Mix together potatoes, egg, salt & pepper, flour and cheese. You can either make patties, by hand, or drop spoonfulls onto a hot pan, and then flatten with a spatula. They should be about 1/2 inch thick, and around 3 inches diameter.
Melt the butter on a non-stick pan. Cook anywhere from 5-8 minutes per side, until golden brown. I prefer about 8 minutes, as they get nicely crispy.
There are a lot of additions that can be made to these:
- green onions or scallions
- minced onion
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- minced bell peppers (red, yellow, orange or green)
- 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- diced ham
- bacon bits