Saturday’s Leftovers, Sunday’s Brunch: Chicken & Sweet Corn Potato Pancakes

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Saturday’s Leftovers, Sunday’s Brunch: Chicken & Sweet Corn Potato Pancakes

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Saturday's Leftover, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Add mashed potatoes and corn to mixing bowl.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Shred chicken.  (Chop/crumble if beef or pork.)  Add to mixing bowl.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.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.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Add flour.  Mix well.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Add egg.  Mix well.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Add hot sauce (if desired), parsley flakes, salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Add cooked bacon, chopped/crumbled, and cheese (if desired).  Mix well.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.If your pancake mixture seems too thick, add milk – 1 tablespoon at a time – to thin out.  I used 3 tablespoons here.  The consistency – will hold its shape, but is not pasty.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Cover pan or griddle with oil/cooking spray.  Heat on medium high.  Place one rounded tablespoon of mixture in pan/griddle.  Press down slightly with spoon.  Let cook 5 – 6 minutes before turning.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Flip pancakes, and press down to flatten with spatula.  Cook another 5 – 6 minutes.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.Makes approximately 6 pancakes.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with parsley.

Saturday's Leftovers, Sunday's Brunch.  Noted in Nashville.I could eat this again right now.  Enjoy!

– Anita, Noted in Nashville

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