- Mammaw's Potato Cakes
- When I was
young, my Mom always found ways serve leftovers that made them seem
like an entirely new meal. One of my favorites were Potato Cakes. Left
over mashed potatoes, fashioned into small individual cakes. They were
- I never helped make them when I was still living
at home, so when I called and asked her how do you make potato cakes,
she said "you just cook them in butter in a skillet". So I fashioned
the left over potatoes and fried them, yeah that didn't work. I called
back and told her about how they fell apart and she asks "well did you
put flour in them?" No, you didn't tell me to do that.
- You really need to go home and cook with your mom
and write down the family recipes, because they didn't seem to do that
in my family. So I learned how to make them by watching her and I've
written it down to share with my son.
- Preparation Time: 1 hour
- Serves: Depends on how many leftover mashed
potatoes you have.
- Left over mashed potatoes
- 1 tblspn butter/margarine
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- Melt butter/margarine in a large
skillet over medium heat.
- Dump flour on to a paper plate.
- Use a large spoon and measure out a round
ball of potatoes. Big enough to fit in your palm.
Form the potatoes into a ball. Roll it around in the flour. Push the
flour into the potatoes and form into another ball. Press the ball in
your hand, to about ½ an inch thick patty. Lay the patty into the flour
and coat both sides, turning it over to coat the patty twice on each
- Place the patty in the skillet and cook for
about 15 minutes.
Using a spatula carefully lift one side of the patty and ensure it's
browning before you flip it over to cook on the opposite side. This is
an important step, making sure the patty has browned will keep it from
falling apart when you flip it.
- Once both sides have been browned, remove
from the skillet and serve warm.
- You can add spices to mix into the flour
before coating the potatoes. Besides salt and pepper, try BBQ
seasoning, or your favorite dried herb like basil, rosemary or thyme.