3 tablespoons finely chopped onion 1/3 cup butter 4 cups cooked mashed potatoes 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup flour
Cook onion in pan in about half of the butter until onion is translucent. Remove onion from pan with a slotted spoon, allowing the melted butter and pan drippings to remain in the pan.
Combine onion, mashed potatoes and egg. Sprinkle with flour. Add remaining butter to pan and heat to medium/high heat. Add potato pancakes and cook about 5 minutes each side until browned.
Leftover mashed potatoes take on the consistency of concrete when refrigerated and you never know what to do with them. They are actually very good is you just warm them up and add a little more milk and/ or butter. But now you have a second option.
In addition to the onion I added some cooked chopped bacon to these. Perfect! I've had some potato pancakes that turn out doughy but these were the perfect consistency. I do think that maybe the recipe should say "leftover cooked mashed potatoes" so people know that they should be seasoned potatoes (you wouldn't serve just potatoes that are mashed they usually have some seasoning, right?) as I think that would help with those who felt they were too bland. I think these could be topped with cheese too if you wanted. Hummmmm I'm getting all kinds of new ideas now!
Mar 22, 2012
My Mom has made this recipe for years and I now carry on the tradition. We've always added a generous sprinkle of sage to the mixture and it is yummy! Any favorite seasoning could likely be used. Sharon from Ontario, Canada
Feb 9, 2008
I am not one to follow recipes exactly as written. I did a variation of this recipe in a smaller quantity. I used about 3/4 cup of mashed potato. 1 tbs of Wheat germ. 2 tsp of sunflower kernels. 1 egg. 2 tbs flour. and 3 shakes of minced onion. I lightly coated the frying pan with olive oil and cooked until golden brown. It was a very good addition to my breakfast.
Nov 25, 2007
I added a little bit of Emeril's seasoning and some garic powder...it tasted great! These pancakes are a great way to use up leftovers, and very easy to make.
Nov 23, 2007
I did add some salt based on the last reviewers comment and enjoyed this recipe. If it's not the main dish, it's a great accompaniement to leftover peas and ham.
Oct 29, 2007
I tried this recipe this morning and it left a lot to be desired. This recipe definitely was lacking something. Although onions are in the recipe, it needs some type of extra seasoning... even a little salt would help!!
Also, the mashed potatoes lend for too smooth of a texture. It seems that best bet would be to steer clear of mashed potatoes and use potatoes that are more of a hash brown texture/consistency instead.