Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I think if either of my parents ever said potato instead of tater, I'd probably drop in a dead faint!
Here is a "recipe" that my mom has always made using leftover mashed potatoes. This is the way she makes them, but it's just a jumping off point in my opinion. Feel free to add herbs, ham, bacon or green onion to them. Brown them in olive oil and butter or peanut oil instead of bacon fat. Eat them plain, with a bit of butter melted on top (my favorite way), top them with sour cream and chives or even applesauce. They're good stuff, however you eat them.
There is no recipe here, just some general guidelines and method. Have fun!
Annie's Mom's Tater Cakes
Leftover mashed taters (as many as you have)
1 egg (or two if you have a BUNCH of leftover taters)
Onion salt or onion powder to taste
Salt to taste (if you don't use onion salt)
Pepper to taste
Stir egg into leftover mashed taters until well blended. Season with onion salt and pepper. Sprinkle in a little flour -- not too much, but just enough to add some body. I'm guessing a teaspoon per cup of taters. Mix well.
Heat bacon fat (or fat of choice) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Scoop about 1/4 cup tater mixture into your lightly floured palm. Sprinkle with just a little more flour and pat into a patty about 3" in diameter. Repeat with more taters until skillet is full. Brown for 2-3 minutes on each side or as desired. Remove from skillet and repeat with remaining tater mixture. Serve plain or with toppings.
Posted by Annie Jones at 7:00 AM