Friday, March 18, 2011

Potato Cakes

Did everyone have a happy St. Patrick's Day?
Did you celebrate?
Did you wear green?
Did you get pinched?

MGG and I had a little dinner which was really nice.   One thing I made was potato cakes.

You know I always thought my mom held out on us with this dish.  She ate them all the time growing up and we did every once in a while but never enough to say, "Oh, I love potato cakes".

So on my last visit to Tennessee, where she lives now, we made some.  Boy, how do I love potato cakes!

Here's my version, which is kind of a shortcut on flavors....I use a flavored cream cheese!  Yes, a flavored cream cheese...!  This gives you the basic flavors of being savory, but's easier to do.

So if you have left over mashed potatoes...make these!  They are AWESOME!

So let's make potato cakes!

You will need:  leftover mashed potatoes, onion and chive cream cheese, egg, panko or regular bread crumbs, and oil to pan fry them in.

Place your mashed potatoes and flavored cream cheese, mix well.  Then add your egg, and 1/2 cup of panko.  Blend it all up until mixed throughly.  

Form the mixture in to 3" patties.  Dredge the patties in the other 1/2 cup of panko.

Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat until hot.  Add patties and cook on each side until golden brown. About 3 minutes per side.

Remove to a paper towel to drain off any excess grease.  Repeat with any remaining patties.

My oh my, these are truly comfort food!  Hot, crispy, savory bites of yumminess!

Excuse me, I have to go make more mashed potatoes now...I have a craving..!

Potato Cakes
2 cups mashed potatoes
1/4 cup of chive and onion cream cheese
1 cup panko breadcrumbs, divided
1 large egg

1/8 cup canola oil, enough to fully coat the bottom of your skillet 
In a bowl, combine your mashed potatoes and the cream cheese.  Mix well.  Then add 1/2 cup panko, and an egg.  Blend until mixed thoroughly.  Shape the potato mixture into 3-inch patties. Dredge the patties in the remaining 1/2 cup panko.
In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add your oil. Add your patties and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Don’t crowd your skillet.  Repeat the procedure if needed, with remaining patties. Serve hot.

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