Friday, October 9, 2009

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Mashed potato pancakes are an excellent way to turn leftover mashed potatoes into a whole new meal with minimal effort. If you're truly lazy and can't even work up enough energy to fry your potato pancakes, we've discovered that baking works just as well.

2 scallions
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
2 eggs
4 cups leftover mashed potatoes
Canola oil

Mix together all of the ingredients except the canola oil.

Choose your cooking method: baking or frying.

The Easy Way: Grease a cookie sheet and dot with tablespoons of batter, pressing each mound down to flatten it. Bake at 450 until the bottoms of the pancakes are golden and crispy. Flip the pancakes over, return the tray to the oven and bake until the undersides are golden. It should take about 10 minutes on each side.

The Hard But Deliciously Fatty Way: Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a cast iron skillet, medium-high. Drop 1 tablespoon of the batter into the pan. Flatten the mound of batter slightly with the back of a spoon. Add as several more mounds, then fry for about 5 minutes on each side, until the bottom is golden and crispy. Transfer to paper towels to blot the oil.

Serve with ketchup.


Tanya said...

Did you catch this article on kale in Serious Eats last week? Thought of you.

I Heart Kale said...

Ooooh, no I hadn't--thanks! We totally need to get some more kale recipes up here lately...

justine said...

my mom used to make these leftover potato pancakes all the time. i was shocked to learn what a true (read: jewish) potato pancake was once i got to nyc! i still love them both, though.

have you tried molly katzen's sweet potato and/ or her beet versions? all quite tasty.

I Heart Kale said...

Yeah, the exact same thing happened over here--I always thought potato pancakes were grated raw potatoes turned into latkes, and Phoebe always thought they were the mashed kind! Both are good for different occasions, since latkes are kind of a production and these are kind of a don't-feel-like-making dinner food. I made Mollie Katzen's sweet potato latkes last year, and I have my eye on the autumn latkes (with parsnips and beets) in Veganomicon for this year.

Awesome Eats said...

My Irish husband makes great leftover potato pancakes - a normal Irish/British item...since marrying his Jewish American wife (me), he has also become an expert latke maker. He's happy with potatoes and oil!

I found your blog when I was writing my own blog entry on collards and kale...I love your site! Let me know what you think of my kale musings...