Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes

 Leftover mashed potatoes from your holiday meal?  Here's a great way to use them . . . make potato pancakes!  These are simple and quick to make and can be enjoyed as a side dish or in a light meal all by themselves.
Combine your mashed potatoes (in my case they were garlic mashed potatoes . . . even better!) with a few simple ingredients, shape into patties and fry.  You don't need a lot of oil so don't be put off by this step.
Once you've removed them to a platter, you can lightly salt them if you prefer and serve up warm with a dollop of sour cream (fat free in my case) and a sprinkle of chopped chives or scallions.
Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes

Combine:  3 cups cold, mashed potatoes; 2 T flour; 1 egg; 2 T chopped scallions or chives; 2/3 c shredded cheddar cheese.  Mixture should be dry enough to form into golf ball-sized balls.  If too sticky, gradually add more flour.  If too dry, add an additional egg.  After you form into balls, roll in additional flour and flatten to about 1/2" thick.  Heat a few tablespoons of oil (I used canola) and fry approximately 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Remove to serving platter and sprinkle with salt.  Serve with sour cream and extra chives or scallions.  Enjoy!