Monday, December 31, 2012

Fumbling Toward Culinary Talent: Aromatic Potato Pancake

When my mom would have leftover mashed potatoes, she would often make what she called potato pancakes: not a sweet pancake but a savory one.

She mixed a few chopped onions into the mashed potatoes, formed them into pancakes, and then heated them in a skillet.

I did something similar after Xmas except I used the leftover aromatics I stuffed into my turkey.

Roughly equal parts diced carrot, bell pepper, and red onion with chopped parsley
Leftover mashed potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

Place mashed potatoes in a mixing bowl and fold in the aromatics. Mix it all together and form into a thick pancake. Lightly oil a skillet on medium-high heat, slap the pancake down till you get a good crust on the bottom, and then flip it to get a tasty crust on the other side.

Here's what the pancake looks like when it's in a small cast iron skillet.

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