|Written by Donna Thacker|
This is an old stand by that my mother used many years ago. I am finding that my family still enjoys fried potato cakes and even requests that I make them. It is a great way to â€śdisguiseâ€ť left over mashed potatoes, plus it is versatile enough to use up a few other left over ingredients.
Basic Fried Potato Cakes
Start out with a bowl of left over mashed potatoes. Add in an egg or two, depending on how many cups of potatoes you have. I go with the rule of about 1 egg per every couple of cups. Spice this up with some garlic powder, seasoned salt or onion powder. I even add in some chives to give it a pretty color.
Once the eggs are stirred in, add enough flour to make the potatoes thick and pasty, like dough. It will stick together and roll as you stir. Add a little flour at a time so that you donâ€™t get too much.
Heat a skillet with a small amount of vegetable oil in the bottom of it. It should be moderately hot, but not on high. I use medium high on my electric stove. When the oil is hot, you are ready to fry up the potato cakes.
Scoop up some potatoes using a large tablespoon. Carefully drop the potato ball into the oil. Dip the spoon into the hot oil and flatten the potato into a round cake. It should be about an inch or so thick. It will have the appearance of a pancake. Continue this until your skillet is full. Donâ€™t overfill the skillet as you need room to turn the potato cakes.
Cook one side until it is golden brown then carefully flip the fried potato cakes over and brown the other side. They will resemble pancakes. Serve them on a platter. Do not stack them as they will stick together!
Variations for Fried Potato Cakes
You can add many things to your fried potato cakes. Once you have the mashed potato and egg mixture, you can add some left over vegetables. One good vegetable to add is a small amount of cooked cheesy broccoli. Dump the small amount of left over broccoli into the potatoes and stir it well. Then add the flour to thicken it.
Small amounts of left over ham and beans also make a good potato cake mixture. Just be sure your beans do not contain a lot of liquid. Mix the beans and small bits of ham into the potatoes and fry as directed above. Add shredded cheese to the potatoes, or even chopped pieces of left over meats.