Thursday, February 12, 2009

Leftover Potatoes become Potato Pancakes

When planning my meals each week, I try to buy ingredients that can be used in a few different meals. I bought a bag of peppers earlier in the week and used them to make Tofu Cacciatore, and am using the rest of the peppers in tonight's Chicken Stir Fry. Or if I buy fresh herbs, I try to plan meals throughout the week to use them up. Last night I made Garlic Smashed Potatoes, and this morning I used the leftover potatoes for potato pancakes.

I made this up as I went along -
  • Leftover potatoes; I had about 1.5 cups
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 small onion, grated
  • Olive oil


  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Mix potatoes, egg, salt, pepper, and onion.
  • Scoop out one spoon full and form it into a patty. Add to the hot pan. Continue until you have used up all of the potatoes, or until you don't have any more space in the pan - whichever comes first.
  • Cook the pancakes approximately 5-6 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

To complete my meal, I made 2 eggs over hard and a serving of sauteed spinach.

Later I felt like a snack, so I had one of the smaller pancakes and topped it with some leftover sauce from last nights Mushroom-Blue Cheese Sauce that I made to go with filet mignon. THAT was a good snack!!

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  1. We used to do this all the time when I was growing up - it's still one of my favorite ways to eat mashed potatoes.

  2. I love how this transfroms leftover mashed potatoes into something delicious!