Potato pancakes

We had mashed potato with our tea the other night, and I deliberately made too much, thinking that I could whip up a batch of gnocchi for tea the next day.
But thenI stumbled across a recipe for potato pancakes, in a free mini mag that came with our Good Food magazine, and decided we had to try that instead.
And I am pleased to report they were a hit!

So for the benefit of the nation, I am sharing it with you all, in case you ever have a mashed potato glut…

This is what you need:

  • 250g cold mashed potato
  • 75g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • +/- 1 tbsp finely snipped chives (I didn’t bother as we didn’t have any!)
  • knob of butter for frying

This is what you do:

  • Mix the cooled mash with the flour and baking powder. I found it easiest to get my hands mucky and kind of knead it all together
  • Whisk the eggs and milk together, and then add the potato/flour stodge ball (I did this in a blender)
  • Heat a large non stick frying pan, and add a knob of butter
  • When the pan is good and hot, pour dollops of mix into the pan (mine ended up about 5-7cm diameter)
  • Fry over a medium heat until bubbles start to form, and then flip over and dry on the other side for another couple of minutes, until both sides are golden brown
  • Remove from the pan and place on a plate in a low oven to keep warm, while you make the rest
  • Serving suggestions from the mini book: soured cream; bacon and eggs. Serving suggestion from me: cauliflower cheese

The kids loved these.
They remain to be converted to the joys of a good cauliflower cheese, but that’s another story…

As seems to be the way with food posts, we are always far too busy stuffing our faces to remember to take any pics-sorry!

PS. I have a nugget of an idea for a whole post devoted to ways to use up leftover mash, so if you have a favourite recipe, then please do let me know!


4 thoughts on “Potato pancakes

  1. I always mix left over mash with finely chopped mushrooms, and left over peppers and spring onions. Mix thoroughly with a beaten egg, season well and put it all into a large frying pan. Press down with back of spoon to fill pan then cook till crispy on outside, flipping over halfway. When cooked put on warm plate and cut into slices. It’s delicious with a fried egg on top and a splash of brown sauce!

  2. I made potato waffles tonight. My recipe is really simple – mash potato with a bit of butter and then spread it into a hot greased waffle maker, wait until it has stopped steaming and then try to extricate from the waffle maker without breaking it. I usually then cut it up into pieces and freeze it to use another day.

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