Sunday, January 6, 2008
Mashed Potato Pancake
I was not a breakfast person. Over the years, I've gotten a bit better about that, but growing up, I really didn't want anything to do with it. It drove my mother crazy. You see, I was a very skinny child, and she wanted to take advantage of every possible meal to cram me full of calories, in hopes that I would put on some weight. And so, she developed things to tempt me, things I could not refuse, like the mashed potato pancake. It's so delicious, that now, I try to make sure I have enough leftovers just so I can make myself a mashed potato pancake. Notice how I said myself. I haven't ever made one for my husband. I let him take a bite every once in awhile, but I don't really share. You won't want to either.
Mashed Potato Pancake (Breakfast for One)
1 C leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 C loosely packed grated cheddar cheese
1 T butter
salt and pepper (optional)
Using a large sturdy fork, mash the egg into the potatoes until thoroughly incorportated. Add the grated cheese and mix well. I don't usually use salt and pepper, because I've seasoned my mashed potatoes when I first made them, but if yours are plain, please add salt and pepper as you please. Melt the butter in a medium skillet on low heat. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the potato mixture. Using a spatula, smooth it down and out so that it resembles a pancake, but not too thin. Cook on medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes or until browned. Using the largest sturdiest spatula you have, try to flip it. No worries if it all comes apart, it still tastes yummy. Cook the second side for 3-4 minutes. Slide onto a plate, and enjoy.