Potato cakes

We first discovered these delicious potato cakes at one of our favorite restaurants here in town called The Garlic Press. They beautifully place these beside a juicy steak and perfectly cooked vegetables. We have been trying to recreate these for a long time now and just couldn’t seem to get them quite right. I think after lots of tweaks and changes we finally have a killer recipe.

One really cool thing about these cakes is they use leftover mashed potatoes. We always have leftover mashed potatoes and I really hate to throw them away, but they just really aren’t that tasty reheated. However, when you bread and fry them they are as good as fresh. Of course almost anything breaded and fried is great but that’s a different post.

For obvious high calorie reasons I don’t make these very often, but when we do splurge it is well worth it. I really don’t have measurements for this recipe because it really depends on how much leftover mashed potatoes you have and how many cakes you want to end up with.

Potato Cakes

leftover cold mashed potatoes
grated raw potato
chopped chives
a couple of eggs, beaten
panko bread crumbs
garlic salt
salt and pepper
oil for frying

Pour your oil into your frying pan until it is about 1/3 of the way up the pan. Heat on medium high heat.

To prepare your frying ingredients beat a couple of eggs and add some salt and garlic salt. Also pour some Panko bread crumbs into a plate and mix with some salt.

In a bowl combine your mashed potatoes with some of the grated potato and some chopped chives. I made eight potato cakes and it took 1/2 a potato. If you plan on making more depending on how much mashed potatoes you have leftover you may use a whole potato. Shape into small cakes or patties making sure they come together tightly.

One at a time drop your potato cake into the beaten eggs, remove and place them into the Panko bread crumbs. Coat the entire potato cake with the bread crumbs and place into hot oil.

Cook until both sides are golden brown and remove onto a plate with paper towels to soak up the extra oil.

Salt the cakes and enjoy.

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