For the final helping (smirk) of post-thanksgiving meal ideas I bring you a cake. Potato Cake that is! On part two of Thanksgiving for me and my Fireman we were the out-of-town guests taking over Jordan’s grandparents spare bedrooms.. bags, blankets, pillows, and dog in tow. Not to forget my bear. The bear I- the 27-year old- cannot sleep without. Also the bear that my meany sweet fireman tends to throw across the room when it ends up underneath him at two in the morning. I’m a self-proclaimed snuggler.
The morning after our meal, while enjoying my coffee, I caught a glimpse of a bowl full of yesterday’s mashed potatoes. Looking around for the toddlers and wondering who is eating that at- lemme look at my watch.. 7:42AM. Surely those babies will have cereal or something..
Me: Bree.. what are we doing with those potatoes.
Me: Huh? I’ll take some eggs, please.
FireMom: No, you wont. Potato Cakes are on the menu for this morning.
Ohh- I dig. They were good- considering carbs are my life. Don’t you know I could go for these anytime of day- not just breakfast.
Oh- I almost forgot with all these carbohydrates on the brain. It’s been over a week now. If Thanksgiving leftovers are still lurking, toss em’. Saaweey Turkey- time to go.
2 cups prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 cup (2 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup diced onion
1 jalapeno, diced- ribs and seeds removed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons butter
Cilantro for garnish
Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add onion, cheese, jalapeno, flour, salt, and garlic; mash with a fork or potato masher until smooth. Cover and chill 20 minutes.
Divide potato mixture into 16 equal portions. Flatten each portion into a 2-inch round patty.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter to pan, swirling until butter melts. Add potato cakes to pan; reduce heat to medium, and cook 3 minutes. Carefully turn cakes over; cook 3 minutes or until browned.
Serve with salsa and cilantro if desired.