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Old 10-01-2006, 11:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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That has to be the most boring thread title ever.

Seriously, though, I always make more mashed potatoes than I need. Can you make pancakes out of them? Maybe mix in some green onions? Then what - fry them in oil? Dredge them in flour first?

Any other suggestions for my big pile of fluffy white goodness are appreciated.
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What you suggested sounds great! You probably don't have to dredge them in flour first.

You could also put them in a pastry bag, and swirl them onto a cookie sheet and bake them, like twice-baked potatos.

Make chili or stew and top it with the mashed potatos.
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pancakes i usally add about 1/2-1 egg mixed up with it, then fry in just a little olive oil, they take a while too cook up to be flipable, usally they need to cook about 10-15 min each side, then about 5 each side, just keep fliping, and Low/med heat, not med though! HTH
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Thanks, mamas! Great ideas!

Moms3kids, thanks for the heads up on cooking time. I always underestimate how long potato pancakes take to cook. Usually I make them from raw grated potatoes, and they do take forever to cook, especially the first batch. I've never made them from mashed potatoes before, I thought it would be faster because the potatoes are already cooked. Guess not, though.
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Add some chicken (or vegetable) broth and make potato soup! You could also cook some leeks in a bit of oil first before adding broth and the mash potatoes to make potato leek soup.
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We always make extra mashed potatoes on purpose, so that we can make lefse. (Kinda like a Norwegian tortilla, made with potatoes.)

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For potato pancakes with leftover mashed, mix in minced green or yellow onion, an egg and about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour, s&p. fry in oil until brown on both sides. Have a small bowl of water handy, wet your hands in between making the patties so they don't stick to your hands. You can also whisk th L-O mashed into some chicken broth, add some green beans, carrots, sauted onion, whatever, and it makes really yummy potato soup.

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Fried Mashed Potatoes!!

This was my absolute favorite as a child. In my house we made them very simply. Just heated some oil in a skillet, formed the cold mashed potatoes into patties and fried them until browned on both sides. They are so excellent and I haven't had them in forever.

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Fry some hamburger, put it in a casserole, put cream corn over it, then top with leftover mashed potatoes..voila shepherds pie
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