Mashed Potato Pancakes are an easy recipe made from leftover mashed potatoes making it perfect for leftover Thanksgiving food!
YUM!! I am so excited about today’s post.
It’s one that I have been meaning to share for forever!
As a child, my mom made Mashed Potato Pancakes all the time. Basically anytime we had leftover mashed potatoes we were guaranteed to get Mashed Potato Pancakes in the days that followed.
I remember the scent of fried potatoes filling the kitchen as my mom cooked & my sister & I prepared a salad, vegan/vegetarian meat, & bread to accompany the meal.
It was especially delicious when she added extra cheese to the leftover potatoes. Which, of course, is exactly what I did for this recipe too! And I especially loved that it was so quick to make, because no matter how much I ate as a child I was always hungry again a couple hours later.
Since it is a favorite food memory from my childhood I am surprised it has taken me so long to share it with you.
But since Thanksgiving is coming up in just a couple of months, I thought that it is the perfect time to share these Mashed Potato Pancakes because it is a great recipe for leftover Thanksgiving food.
And it’s way more fun than simply reheating, it’s like creating a whole new dish without needing a whole new list of ingredients!
You can use any type of mashed potatoes that you have left over from dinner or Thanksgiving! You can also switch it up & use different types of cheeses.
For example, goat cheese (although you might want to decrees the amount in the center since it has a strong flavor) with lemon rosemary mashed potatoes or pepper jack with Mexican mashed potatoes.
This is such a simple recipe, which makes it even easier to customize the flavor of the potatoes & cheese to the taste of those eating your yummy Mashed Potato Pancakes! You can make a variety of types of Mashed Potato Pancakes simply by changing the type of cheese to please even the pickiest of eaters.
- Leftover Mashed Potatoes *(1)
- Cheese *(2)
- Create a small ball of mashed potatoes (about 1/4-1/3 cup) & make a dimple or hole in the center.
- Add a tablespoon of cheese to the center of the mashed potatoes, & use your hands to close the hole while rolling it into a ball.
- Flatten the mashed potato ball into the shape of a pancake with your hands.
- On a pan with melted butter cook the Mashed Potato Pancakes at medium heat until golden brown & crispy on each side. *(3)
- Sprinkle with salt & pepper as desired.
- Repeat until all of your mashed potatoes have transformed into Mashed Potato Pancakes. *(4)
- Top with sour cream & chives & eat while warm.
- *1. Chilled & right from the fridge.
- *2. I used what we had on hand, but cheddar is always a safe bet.
- *3. Be sure to let the potato cook/fry thoroughly on one side before attempting to flip the pancake or else you run the risk of it still being too mushy & falling apart.
- *4. You can keep your Mashed Potato Pancakes warm & crispy by placing the cooked Mashed Potato Pancakes on a baking sheet lined with foil & sprayed with oil in your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
What is your way to create new dishes from leftover Thanksgiving food?
I’d love to hear from you!
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With love, Giustina
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