Leftover Mashed Potato/Sweet Potato Pancakes
Of all of the surveys that have ever been done on favorite dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables, the potato dish for the meal was most always named first.
We had both for our Thanksgiving dinner, along with at least 48% of the rest of the United States.
There just something about a delectable spoonful of soft, sugary sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, or a huge dollop of hot and steamy mashed potatoes swimming in turkey gravy.
Mashed potatoes are so popular all over the United States that these babies come in a variety of forms and preferences, using several different varieties of potatoes, alongside many different types of gravies, included in 3 out of 5 meals at every dinner table all year round.
Varieties of Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes take on many different forms on dinner plates all over the United States. Just a few of these include with skins, without skins, twice baked potatoes, oven baked potatoes, potato salad, mixed with butter and milk, just butter, just milk, just sour cream, and even mixed with plain yogurt.
Sometimes the potatoes are whipped smooth so that there are no lumps, sometimes they are purposely left a little chunky, and sometimes they are left whole.
But either way they are typically served with some kind of yummy sauce or gravy. If we don’t have gravy, we will even eat them with Ranch dressing, barbeque sauce, or ketchup. Yum!
The Just as Unique Sweet Potato Dishes
Like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes can also be served in a variety of fashions. Whether they are baked, boiled, or grilled, sweet potato casseroles are just as unique as the cooks making them.
Traditionally sweet potatoes are served in a casserole dish with brown sugar, pecans, and marshmallows on top.
Many more people are trying to be healthy and leaving out the brown sugar and marshmallows, in favor of chopped nuts, orange juice, and orange peel instead. I cook them frequently for our regular dinners by boiling them, smashing them, and with just a tad bit of butter. Yummy!
Whether they are whipped, smashed, cut up into squares, sliced into rings, or left whole, they are always delicious.
Regardless of what dish you had for your big holiday dinner, you can only eat so much for so long after the dinner is over. Why not make use of this amazing vegetable dish in other creative ways?
Potato muffins, shepherd’s pie, veggie potato lasagna, potato bread, potato cheddar soup, and even gnocchi are all amazing ways to take advantage of your leftover potatoes!
Jump in, be creative and I think you’ll be amazed at the results you’ll get. Enjoy this recipe!
- 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, (can also substitute sweet potatoes)
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, (optional)
- To a large bowl, add at least 2 cups of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes. Yum.
- Toss about 3/4 cup of shredded cheese into the bowl with them. Mix them thoroughly together.
- The cheese addition doesn’t matter if these are regular mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes. They are delicious either way.
- In a separate bowl, beat both eggs and then pour them into your pancake mixture. Mix in well.
- Add in your 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder.
- Finally, finely chop and fold in your fresh chives (or chopped pecans).
- This just adds a dimension to your pancakes that will blow your mind.
- Heat your tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot.
- Portion out a pancakes’ worth of mixture into your saucepan and cook for about 2-3 minutes or each side until each is golden brown and slightly caramelized.
- Continue this process with all of your pancakes.
|Serving size: 2 medium pancakes|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 49 g||16%|
|Sugar 3 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 9 g||18%|
|Cholesterol 97 mg||32%|
|Sodium 670 mg||28%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
For an even healthier option, like this isn't wonderful enough, try out a Delectable Butternut Squash Casserole to replace your sweet potato casserole, not only for your pancakes, but also for your Christmas dinner.
Not only is the taste of the butternut squash extremely similar to sweet potatoes, but it has less than half the fat and calories.
You can even top your butternut squash with brown sugar and marshmallows just like with sweet potatoes.
Your pancakes will not change a bit, but you can ensure a healthier breakfast, dinner, or whatever meal you choose to serve pancakes, for your whole family.
Notice that I suggested mixing in chives for mashed potato pancakes and pecans for sweet potato pancakes. Either way, traditional pancake maple syrup is amazing on both.
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