Wednesday, August 4, 2010

You Say Potato, I Say Tater

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.

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Together We Save said...

WOW - these sound so yummy!! Thanks,

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I am tater cake challenged. They always fall apart on me. Yours are so pretty.

Lisa B. said...

Yep, that's how my mamma and grandma always made them. I love them as long as they are crispy brown and not greasy. Mom says the trick is the temp of the oil so the cake doesn't soak it up.

I've made them a few times, the problem around here is I can't peel enough potatoes to have any left over! The boys stuff themselves on mashed potatoes WHEN I make them.....I guess because I don't make them often enough. lol

Annie Jones said...

TWS: You're welcome!

C Junkie: I wonder if another egg would hold them together?

Lisa B: I had to make A LOT of extra mashed just to be sure I'd have some leftover this time. Same with fried potatoes. Shane and Kat will eat as many of those as I will peel and fry. :)

McVal said...

Yumm! My mom used to make some like that too! I'm going to have to try it myself.

SonyaAnn said...

Can I please come over for dinner one night? You eat so well!

Frances said...

My mom made those, too! We loved them. Well, she may still make them, but I am not there to eat them. :-(

When I was 11, my youngest sister was born and for a while, my dad did the cooking. One night he decided to make "potato patties" as we called them. And made big mess. Hence was born "Daddy's Famous Scrambled Potatos." LOL! We loved those too!

We were so easy to please.

Leanne said...

I love potato bread, especially when it's really crisp on the outside and almost a little bit damp (but not soggy) in the middle. It's really good with chopped spring onions added to the mix but of course then it's champ bread:)

Chloe loves it with melted cheese on top.

Jill said...

Yummy, I love any kind of potatoes!
Really missing my stove now! LOL

DarcyLee said...

I love tater cakes! It's my go-to recipe for leftover mashed taters. :)

A.Marie said...

OH gosh...I love tater cakes! Thanks for posting this recipe! I am going to have to try those.

My Mom was very proper, though. She never called them taters. It was always potatoes. You know...very proper and all. However, she had the good fortune to marry a hillbilly (that's what he calls and he always calls them taters. Gotta love my Dad! :)

Shelli said...

Sounds good, but not too good for my healthy eating. LOL I might have to try it anyway sometime.

Jessica said...

What a great way to use up leftover potatoes. I usually just reheat them, but this is even better. Thanks!