When we were visiting my in-laws over Christmas, my husband's mother reintroduced me to an old concept. She reused days-old mashed potatoes to make breakfast one morning. I have a passing memory of my aunt doing the same thing one time when I was a kid, and I was intrigued.
Last spring or summer, I made potato cakes using grated potatoes, but this was very interesting to me. MIL took a couple of cups of mashed potatoes, mixed them with some self-rising flour and egg, and fried them up in patty-form. And, they were pretty good. With ketchup, they were delicious. (almost anything is better with a condiment, after all).
A couple of weeks later, I tried to recreate her recipe at home, but failed miserably. I just couldn't get the consistency right, and then my cakes burnt in the pan. Total letdown. My husband swooped in and made the things edible, but I was looking for more than that.
So, last night I tried again. Surprisingly, I turned out a dish that left my family wanting more.
Mashed Potato Pancakes
You can start will leftover mashed potatoes, but I had cubed, home canned potatoes on hand, so that's what I used. Hence, I'm not calling this "potato pancakes using mashed potatoes."
4 cups cubed potatoes, cooked to fork-tender. (If using home canned potatoes, be sure to boil for ten minutes upon opening).
3 tablespoons of milk
3 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup of flour; more if necessary to achieve desired consistency
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup grated cheese. Use your favorite. I chose cheddar and pepperjack.
Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and chives to taste.
Mash potatoes with milk and butter. You'll find that canned potatoes have more liquid than fresh-cooked potatoes, so you may need more milk. Mix to the consistency of thin mashed potatoes.
Add flour, baking powder, cheese, and seasoning. Mix. Batter should resmble muffin batter-- think, but not gloppy.
Preheat an electric griddle to medium-low Spoon batter onto griddle and flatten. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, or until each side is sufficiently browned. Place finish cakes on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Serve with bacon and applesauce, or as desired.