The Best Mashed Potato Pancakes

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Potato pancakes are not only a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes but are also incredibly delicious. This mashed potato pancakes recipe takes traditional potato pancakes over the top by combining the potatoes with diced ham, cheese and chives. If you need a dinner recipe quickly and have a lot of leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge, this mashed potato pancakes recipe will be wonderful for you, because it is simply a matter of mixing and cooking the cakes until golden on the outsides and hot through to the centre. Karly, the writer of Buns In My Oven recipe blog, came up with this dish because she is alone a large part of the weeks and likes dishes that can come together quickly. Like her, you will find these cakes come together in no time and will make a meal when served with a salad or vegetable. If you find you have a large crowd to serve them too, however, you can cook the pancakes in batches and place them in a warming oven until ready to eat.

If you want to makes this pancake recipe, but don’t have cooked potatoes already, you may have to pre-plan a bit since the potatoes should be cold while you are working with them. The cold potatoes will shape better than hot potatoes would. These mashed potato pancakes will also shape better the less moisture is in them. A great way to cook potatoes is in the microwave since they will take much less time than boiling. Just place whole potatoes on a plate and prick all over with a fork. Depending on their size, the potatoes should take only ten to fifteen minutes to cook. Once cooked, you can peel them and press through a potato ricer into a bowl. Alternatively, if you prefer boiling potatoes, you can place the whole potatoes with their skins on in a pot and boil until soft. Leaving the skins on the potatoes will prevent moisture from going into the potatoes.

There are so many types of potato dishes that are amazing, but this delicious potato recipe takes the cake in the flavour department, because of the additions of smoky ham and chives. Leftover ham would be wonderful in these potato cakes, but if you don’t have any, smaller chunks of ham can sometimes be found in the meat department of your grocery store. The chives add a delicate onion flavour to the pancakes, but if you don’t have any on hand, you could substitute with finely chopped green onions instead. Besides the potatoes, the most important ingredients in this potato recipe is the cheese. Karly uses Grand Cru cheese, which is made by Roth in Wisconsin. It is a robust, nutty cheese made with Wisconsin milk. If you can’t find this cheese to complete Karly’s potatoes recipes, though, simply substitute with a favourite cheese of yours. Something similarly nutty, like gruyere or fontina, would be an excellent choice in this potato pancake recipe.

The next time you require a comfort meal through the week, these potato cakes will be perfect as a main dish or a simple side to roast beef or chicken. Golden brown on the outside, this potato cake recipe forms a wonderful base for other ingredients as well. Consider make them for breakfast and top with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce for a breadless eggs Benedict recipe, or top them with smoked salmon and additional chives and sour cream. Either way, these potato pancakes will have you coming back for more. Thank you to Karly, the author of Buns In My Oven recipe blog, for sharing her mashed potato pancake recipe with us.

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