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Subject: Pan fried mash potato cakes question
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: tomkanpa[at]aol.comic (TOM KAN PA)
Date: 21 Oct 2003 19:52:40 GMT
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OK, I've tried adding an egg, not adding an egg, rolling them in flour, not
rolling them in flour, and every time I try to make leftover mashed potato
pancakes, they crumble apart.

What's the secret???

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From: Janet Bostwick <nospam[at]cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 14:32:25 -0600
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I've never measured because my mother didn't, but this will work for, say, a
heaping handful of mashed potatoes.  Grate some bread for crumbs--I use just
one heel from a loaf.  Stir the bread crumbs, mashed potatoes and one egg
together.  Add whatever seasonings you like or finely minced onion.  You
should be just barely able to shape the mixture into balls with the hands.
Heat your skillet to medium--Teflon coated works, cast iron is best.  Add
oil to the skillet, maybe one-eighth inch.  When the oil is hot, roughly
shape the mixture into a ball and place in skillet.  The mixture isn't going
to be stiff, but it doesn't slump either.  The hot oil makes a crust that
helps it hold its shape.  You can turn the patties in one of two ways.  You
can turn them over like hamburger patties or you can make a one-third turn
at a time which results in a pyramid shape(more crust).  Until the crust is
formed all over, they will require gentle handling or they will smush.  Good
Luck

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From: N <nadam[at]austin.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 00:38:07 GMT
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Add the egg and a little flour.  Also a little milk or water if needed to be
creamy.  Be sure to fry in enough oil so they won't stick.  My mom made
these all the time and called them potato patties.  One of my favorites.

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From: Julianne <juli882nospam[at]cox.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 20:55:40 -0500
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One Saturday morning when I was bone tired and in desperate need of
groceries, my son and his friends were at my house expecting breakfast.  I
looked in the fridge and in the cupboards and had precious little on hand.
Having determined that there was nothing I would rather do than go to the
store, I made do.  I took some mashed potatoes that were in the fridge and
added some milk and microwaved until just warm.  Then, I added some dried
biscuit mix and stirred until I had a fairly dry batter that easily broke
apart.  I fried such batter in canola oil.  To this day, my son and his
friends ask for fried potato biscuits when they come to my house.  I am all
to happy to comply, although, I do substitute mashed potato flakes on
occasion (they're teenagers - they don't care!).


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