So the holiday is over,
the family has all left town, your house is a mess, and you are now stuck with a ton of leftover Thanksgiving food. I know you’ve probably eaten enough turkey sandwiches to make you puke, so today I am not here to give you new turkey ideas… turkey enchilada’s… just saying, nope, today I am here to give you ideas for that bucket of mashed potatoes you have left. You know the one’s you stopped eating the minute you ran out of gravy? Yup, those.
I give you two simple words…. Potato. Pancakes.
Now stop gagging and looking at me like I grew a second head. Think of it this way. Fried. Mashed Potatoes…. *steps back* let that sink in for just a minute. Yes, I really said fried mashed potatoes. That’s like taking awesome and coating it in another layer of awesome. There is no wrong here.
My mom used to make these all the time when I was a kid and I loved them. I have only been able to make them once for my family because my kids are a bunch of pigs and don’t know the meaning of “stop eating all the mashed potatoes,” so I never have leftovers. Seriously, it doesn’t matter how much I make, they just eat them. The nerve. But this Thanksgiving, my husband gave me an awesome gift. The gift of leftover mashed potatoes. Awesome, right? Exactly. He made an entire extra pot of mashed potatoes just so I could make this dish with the leftovers. Now that says love. Just like this recipe does.
Loaded Potato Pancakes
7 Cups Mashed Potatoes
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
½ Cup Scallions (or chives)
1 Cup Bacon Crumbles
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1 Cup Flour
Oil to fill 2 inches of the skillet
1) In a large skillet heat enough oil to fill the pan with 2 inches of oil, over medium high heat.
2) In a large bowl combine the first 6 ingredients and mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
3) Once oil is heated form small patties with the mixture (like you would with burgers) and place them in the oil.
4) Don’t move them. Allow them to cook until you see golden brown on the edges, usually about 2 minutes. (this is not an exact time)
5) Flip pancakes over, being careful not to splash yourself with oil and allow the other side to cook for another 2 minutes. Or until golden brown.
6) When both sides are golden brown remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to absorb the oil.
You are now free to stuff yourself! You’re Welcome!!!!
Trust me, once you try these you will be thanking me.
What do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Tell us in the comments.
Erik has planned the perfect Christmas for his family. The plan is foolproof, bulletproof and flame retardant. Nothing can undo the hours of planning and preparation. Nothing but odd-shaped packages, ill-timed fruitcakes and an errant neighborhood Santa Claus. Get it now and have a Merry Christmas.