Potato Pancakes, a Midwest staple for left over mashed potatoes. Jazz it up with cheese and red onions or jazz it down…either way it is delish!
My Mother had a tremendous sweet tooth….and she was under 5 feet tall and weighed only 90 pounds! She liked to put maple syrup on her potato pancakes…she took the word pancake seriously! 🙂
Don’t know why I didn’t get her genes….I couldn’t fit in her jeans either! 😉
- 3 cups chilled leftover mashed potatoes
- 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons finely chopped red onions
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1-3 tablespoons olive oil (or more if needed)
- Sour cream and chopped green onions (scallions) for garnish if desired.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the mashed potatoes, cheese, red onions, egg and 3-4 tablespoons of flour until well mixed. (If your mashed potatoes consisted of a lot of butter and/or milk, you might need more flour to hold the pancakes together. Mixture should be stiff but workable, not runny and loose.)
- Lay out waxed paper or a cookie sheet on your counter
- Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop the potato mixture into approximately 12 portions.
- Dust your hands with flour (to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands) and gently shape each scoop into a round ball
- Flatten each ball into a small round pancake about 1/2 inch thick and about 3-4 inches in diameter
- Dredge each pancake into small amount of flour in a shallow bowl or pan.
- Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet (I use cast iron) over medium heat. (Add enough oil to thoroughly coat the bottom of the pan.)
- Fry the pancakes, in batches, until they're golden brown and crispy on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Add more oil as needed between batches of pancakes.
- Do not turn the pancake until a crisp crust has formed or you will have mashed potatoes again.
- Transfer the pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate, season and place in the oven to keep warm.
- Serve the potato pancakes as is...or top with sour cream and chopped scallions.
- This was the way my Mother served left over mashed potatoes....and my grandmothers before her. Nothing went to waste at our house.