Leftover Diaries: Mashed Potatoes

The Leftover Diaries might become a mini series here on the blog as inspiration for what to do with some common leftovers. Today is starring mashed potatoes! Now, I know that there are a lot of voracious mashed potato eaters out there. Maybe you don't typically have leftover mashed potatoes. Solution: just make more mashed potatoes than you typically would because this recipe is worth it. Like a lot of my cooking recipes you'll notice that I don't give specific measurements of ingredients. That's because cooking is as much art as science and I really just add ingredients in until I get the consistency and flavors I want and those will depend on how much leftover potatoes you're starting with and your taste preferences. Cooking is customizable! Have fun with it :)
leftover mashed potatoes
shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

1. Shred some cheese and dump it into your bowl of leftover mashed potatoes. It helps if your mashed potatoes are cold from the refrigerator. Add a dash of pepper, a few tablespoons of flour, and a splash of milk. Stir to combine. The consistency should allow you to form patties in your hand without them being super crumbly.

2. Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a nonstick pan. While the butter melts, form the potato mixture into small patties. After the butter is melted, place a few of your patties in the pan. Be careful not to crowd the pan too much because these are pretty delicate and you'll need a bit of room to maneuver. Give them about 5 minutes on the first side. You want a nice golden crust to form so just let them sit and do their thing. Gently flip them and let them cook another 3-5 minutes on the second side. Enjoy!

These are super delicious and I think I actually prefer them to just regular old mashed potatoes. Something about the golden crust and melty cheese....perfection. I like to make these for breakfast the morning after we have mashed potatoes with dinner. Give them a try!