I’m guessing that the two most common leftovers in an American’s refrigerator are chicken and mashed potatoes. Both Big D’s grandmother and my grandmother made delicious mashed potato pancakes. It took me years to figure them out – they’re deceptively simple. Here are four secrets (I’ve learned the hard way) to making a pretty potato pancake.
- If your pancake sticks to the bottom of your pan/griddle, you will have a big globby mess. Use plenty of oil or cooking spray.
- If you don’t get your spatula all the way under your pancake to turn it, you will have a big globby mess. They are dense. Use a big spatula.
- If you try to flip your pancake too soon, it will stick to your spatula, and you will have a big globby mess. Be patient.
- If you crowd your pan, you will knock into other pancakes while trying to flip, and you will have a big globby mess. Give them room.
Don’t have a big globby mess.
Do be creative. Don’t have chicken breast? Use roasted chicken, a pork chop, even steak, or a hamburger patty.
Don’t have sweet corn? Use peas or, my favorite, chop up about 1/3 cup of onion for crunch and sweetness.
Don’t have leftover mashed potatoes? Make some especially for this recipe. It’s totally worth it.
These particular leftover mashed potatoes had bacon and cheddar already in them – making them like, even better.
- 1 Cup Mashed Potatoes
- 4 Tbsp. Sweet Corn
- 1/2 Chicken Breast
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tbsp. Flour
- Parsley Flakes to Taste.
- Salt to Taste.
- Pepper to Taste.
- Milk (According to consistency of potatoes)
- 2 – 3 Dashes Hot Sauce (optional)
- 1/3 Cup Shredded Cheese (your favorite, if desired)
- 2 Strips of Bacon (if desired)
- Oil or Cooking Spray (enough to cover pan/griddle)
- Dollop of Sour Cream (on the side)
Begin cooking bacon.
Add your garlic clove to mixture. Since the garlic won’t be cooked first, I prefer to use a press. It really brings out the garlic – giving a strong flavor. If you don’t have a press, chopping will work.
Add cooked bacon, chopped/crumbled, and cheese (if desired). Mix well.
– Anita, Noted in Nashville