Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Use those Leftovers!!

This was dinner last week. 2 pounds of chicken fried deer steak, loaded mashed potatoes, corn, peas, and salad (not pictured). I posted it on Facebook and had a few comments that implied that I was feeding an army. Well in a sense I am. Especially in the summer ~ with two preteen boys, a teenage girl, a husband and myself. I knew it would take time to cook all that meat and it would look like a mountain but it led to a tasty lunch for the boys and the husband the next day. That was the plan. Besides left over meat I had a good portion of those mashed potatoes left too. So, I used them the next night to make some "Potato pancakes". For me this recipe is still in the *works*, and taking some tweaking but what a fun experiment! Please know you can do so many things with these because you have a ton of add ins. 

About 2 to 3 leftover mashed potatoes *(see note below)
1 egg
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup flour 
2/3 additional flour seasoned with salt and pepper
3 TBS butter for frying
3 TBS oil for frying. 

In a large bowl mix together all ingredients except oil, butter, and the 2/3 cup of flour. Test the ability for it to hold together. If it feels too wet/soft I listed a couple of different alternatives to try to help get that texture right. Form patties and then coat in the additional seasoned flour. Heat up oil and butter on medium to medium high heat. Fry each patty for until golden brown and then flip and cook long enough for other side to brown up. It will only take a few minutes on each side. Drain on a cooling rack that is placed over paper towels to ensure that the oil is drained off but the patties remain as crisp as possible. Really ~ trial and error are going to be your friend and don't be afraid to make a mistake. The options are ENDLESS!

*Left over mashed potatoes*
Please make sure your left over mashed potatoes are NOT runny! In fact you need them to be pretty stiff to be able to hold up to re-purposing them into this yummy deliciousness!

Alternatives to help stiffen mixture
1/2 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
1/2 cup Seasoned bread crumbs
1 potato boiled and mashed into the mixture

I used "loaded" mashed potatoes that had bacon, cheese and sour cream. They made them pretty tasty. I also liked mine topped with a dollop of sour cream on top. Hubby preferred them just as they are. One of the twins liked ketchup. To each his own! 

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