I really love leftovers, as does the rest of my family. Living with my father, you would never know what to do with the extra leftovers, because they never last more than a day or two. Sometimes, we are presented with difficult leftovers, like mashed potatoes, that just can't be microwaved to their former glory. Enter: Potato Pancakes.
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes.
4 cups shredded hash browns, thawed. (I microwaved them for two minutes in my mixing bowl)
1/2 white onion, grated.
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 cups Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup canola oil
1 tbsp additional salt
mix together potatoes, onion, eggs, and seasoning. Mix well, it should be fairly soft, but don't be alarmed!
meanwhile.... heat oil in large skillet.
spread bread crumbs and cheese mixture onto large dinner place. Spoon 1/4 cup of potato mixture onto crumbs, and cover completely. Push down lightly to form a patty, and gently lift with spatula into heated oil.
On medium high heat, cook pancakes for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side, or until golden crust forms. Transfer to plate with paper towels to drain excess oil, sprinkle lightly with salt.
serve hot, some people find the need to add a condiment, I just don't know why, but go ahead, get the ketchup. (or applesauce if you want to be fancy)