Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mashed Potato Cakes (in praise of leftovers)

Leftovers, a curse or a blessing? Well, I suppose that depends on a couple of things. Number one, did you even enjoy the food item the first time around? And number two, how many days in a row have you been eating this particular leftover? Even your favorite food can start to make you queasy after the fifth or six time you've eaten it that week. I've found that I have greater success in using up leftovers if I morph them into something else entirely, which is the case with today's recipe. Leftover smashed red skin and sweet potatoes turned into these crispy/creamy potato cakes.

Mashed Potato Cakes

2 cups CHILLED mashed potatoes
1 egg, whisked
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs (season with salt and pepper)
olive oil for frying (a couple of tablespoons)

Combine potatoes, egg and flour. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

In a shallow pan or bowl, season Panko with salt and pepper.

In frying pan, heat oil on medium to medium high heat. Form potatoes into small patties and coat them with the Panko. Drop into frying pan and fry until crispy on one side (4-5 minutes) then flip and crisp up on the other side. Be careful not to have the oil too hot or the cakes will burn before the flour is cooked on the inside.


Frugalhomekeeping said...

My mom made these when I was a kid, but added chopped onion. One of my favorite leftover dishes.

Mags said...

These also remind me of growing up. And this is actually my mom's recipe, minus the Panko and add bacon grease to fry them in. Thanks for the comment!