Now, I confess. I was just going to heat up the mashed potatoes in the microwave, make some coffee, and plunk myself down in front of my television to watch yet another rerun of Little House on the Prairie, but then I had an epiphany. What if I made those fantastic mashed potatoes into potato cakes? Could I do it? I marched myself straight into kitchen and gave it a try.
The result? Heaven! I'm stuffed way too full for this point of the day, but I don't care. What I actually ate for breakfast was way better than what I was planning to eat! And, I couldn't have done it without those coveted mashed potato leftovers. The recipe below makes four good-sized cakes, perfect for brunch. And, since the recipe calls for mashed potatoes, I'm pretty sure you could consider this one "kid-friendly." I served mine up with a fried egg on top of each cake. Is it any wonder I'm so full??
So, how do you use up leftover mashed potatoes?
Cheesy Mashed Potato CakesPrintable Recipe
- 2 cups mashed potatoes
- 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs with salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, cheese, and flour until the cheese and flour are well distributed.
- Form the potatoes into flat cakes, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Dip one cake into the beaten egg until coated, making sure to shake off any excess egg. Dredge the cake in the seasoned breadcrumbs on both sides until covered. Shake off any excess breadcrumbs. Set side. Repeat this process until all cakes have been dipped in egg and dredged in breadcrumbs.
- In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil. Place the cakes in the skillet and pan-fry for about 2-3 minutes, until the cakes are golden brown. Turn the cakes over carefully and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the cakes from the skillet and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve immediately or keep warm and crisp in an oven set at 200°F until ready to serve.
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