Whether it is Thanksgiving, a different holiday, or just a big family gathering, when the meal is over, there are plenty of leftovers. And the thing you always seem to have the most of is the mashed potatoes. Sure, everyone loved them, but there are just so many. Rather than let them go bad and having to throw them out, maybe you should consider a good potato pancake recipe.
Plopping leftover mashed potatoes on peoples plates for the next three days might be met with groans, if not a downright mutiny. Well how about transforming those spuds into a treat that is easy to prepare and will sure to be a hit with your friends and family? In fact, you just might end up discovering that you wished you had more leftover potatoes to keep up with demand.
Before you get started, check to see that you have all the necessary ingredients. Of course you have the potatoes. You also need flour, milk, an egg, onion, vegetable oil (canola, corn or a vegetable blend) and a little salt and pepper. You may substitute bacon drippings for the oil.
To make four pancakes you will need two cups of potatoes. Add to the mashed potatoes one egg, 1 / 2 cup of flour, three tablespoons of diced onion (more to taste) and 1 / 4 cup of milk. Thoroughly mix together and form four equally sized patties. If the mixture is too sticky, shaping the patties on wax paper or tin foil might make things easier for you.
Coat a hot (but not smoking) frying pan or electric skillet with vegetable oil or bacon drippings. Fry each patty for 3 minutes on each side, pressing down on them occasionally with a spatula. To prevent the spatula from sticking, first spay it with a cooking spray. Pancakes are ready when they turn a golden brown. Make sure the insides are hot and that the onions are tender.
Top them off with salt and pepper to taste. You may also get creative by topping them with ketchup, butter, sour cream, gravy, hot sauce or melted cheese. You may also want to try experimenting by adding your favorites to the mixture, such as shredded cheese and crumpled bacon. These pancakes will make great side dishes to serve with chicken, beef, fish or pork. They also make nice appetizers.
If you are bored with or do not particularly care for crispy German-style potato pancakes which uses grated potatoes instead of mashed, then this potato pancake recipe might just be the winning formula for you.