Thinking about my grandmother this morning, got me to remembering her frugal ways. So many of her ways are incorporated into my own life. Food was never wasted, period. One thing she would do for us when we stayed the night is make her mashed fried potatoes.
She called them “cakes” but the ingredients were simple, leftover mashed potatoes and an egg. The secret is in the cooking time, remember these are mashed potatoes and much stiffer when cold. It takes a while to brown up the cakes, so you must be patient…..we just happen to have some leftover potatoes from our pot roast dinner, so lets make some cakes for our breakfast.
My grandma’s potato cakes
by the seat of my pants
makes “a few!”
leftover mashed potatoes – about 1 1/2 cups
salt and pepper
Place the potatoes in a bowl, add the egg and mix well. The easiest way to do this is with a potato masher.
Drop the potato mixture into a frying pan, gently flatten, season with salt and pepper.
Cook on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, gently turn and continue cooking until firm to the touch, you want the cakes to cook all the way through, there is raw egg in the middle otherwise.
Serve with eggs and toast with homemade jam for a delicious breakfast!
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