November 05, 2008

Some random stuff, and a recipe

It was a busy weekend. Friday was Halloween (see previous post). Saturday was our school Fall Festival fundraiser (which I was partly in charge of), which kept me busy all day. Sunday was stake conference, and our ward boundaries were realigned.

Oliver is still in town, and he and Jack have been enjoying playing together every day. We had Jack's neighbor friends over yesterday too, and I made potato pancakes for lunch. These were a favorite of mine as a kid. Some of the boys had never had them, but everyone loved them. This is a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. (I usually make extra on purpose.)

Here is what I do (approximate... I just eyeball it):

3-4 c. mashed potatoes (whatever was leftover)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. flour
1-2 c. grated cheese (whatever you have)
garlic salt, seasoned salt, Mrs. Dash (whatever you like)
Ketchup (apparently, this is a must for kids)

Stir together to combine. Heat a skillet on medium heat; add a tablespoon or 2 of canola oil. Drop small scoops (about 2 T.) of potato mixture into skillet, cook about 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Serve with ketchup.

*If you want to get fancy, you can coat them in breadcrumbs before frying, but that's how Martha would do it, and I'm no Martha.


  1. Anonymous4:30 PM

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  2. MissouriMom7:45 PM

    THANK YOU for the potato pancakes recipe. As I read that you had made them, I thought... oooh... i will have to ask if she would be willing to part with her recipe... and there it was!
    I never get them right, so I am glad to get some actual instructions!

  3. Thanks for the recipe. I would eat it but I doubt my 4 yr old with a severe feeding disorder would. :( It's frustrating trying to get him to eat something 3 times a day. But everyone has their problems, right? I'm glad that Ollie is still hanging out with you guys. I only wish my family were so good.

  4. yummm! potatoes are my favorite and i always attempt potato pancakes but i used grated potato and they never turn out very well, they're always nice and crispy on the outside but uncooked on the inside! i will definitely try mashed next time! thanks :)

  5. Thanks for the blast from the past. My mother always made something similar with leftover mashed potatoes but she called them "potato patties."

    My grandfather made potato pancakes but they were pancakes (like traditional pancakes for breakfast) with an old family recipe from Germany.

    Liked the patties, not the pancakes so much. But I loved my grandfather dearly so I'd smile and eat his potato pancakes with enthusiasm! :)

  6. tammy5:08 AM

    My grandmother used to make potato pancake all the time for us. Unfortunantly, she never measured anything, so the few recipes we have are from us standing beside her and trying to figure it out. It's nice to have your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  7. ketchup is still a must for me too. I guess I never out grew that. the first day christian had real food, mom was making potato pancakes to bring to him because he wanted "baby food". it was pretty funny because it made me realize that if I wanted comfort food from my childhood, that's probably what I would pick too!

  8. These are one of my absolute favorites from when I was little, although I'm bit of a purist - no ketchup for me. Like you, I totally had to fake the recipe when asked because it's never quite the same, eggs, cheese, a bit of milk if the potatoes have gone too dry, salt pepper and fry them up. My husband had never tasted them before we were married!

    On a different note - thank you for opening your life to us. I am shocked and horrified that anyone has seen fit to post anything unkind on either your blog or your sister Lizzy's. You should be sent nothing but love, hope, prayers and good wishes, and I hope you'll accept all of those from this stranger.


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