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Potato Cakes
Mammaw's Potato Cakes
Potato CakesWhen 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 always delicious.
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
  • cup all-purpose flour
Cook until you see browning on the sides of the pattyDirections:
  • 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 an inch thick patty. Lay the patty into the flour and coat both sides, turning it over to coat the patty twice on each side.
  • 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.
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