Sometimes I overestimate how much of leftovers I can actually handle. Case in point a large pot of vegetarian chili and 3 large baked potatoes. I had to eat some of the chili for breakfast, just to be done with it! Does that ever happen to you? But I still had one large baked potato left.
Since you might be in the same predicament from time to time, I thought I'd share my idea for potato patties with you. Obviously this is not a recipe I invented: people have made potato croquettes with mashed potatoes before, but it's still worth sharing. The recipe can be made with leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or baked potatoes.
I also used Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage that I received as part of Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, but you can use leftover ham, salami, or turkey. This is a great versatile recipe that can be served any time of the day!
Ingredients for 4 patties
1 large baked potato, skin removed, mashed
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar (or use any cheese you have/like)
1/4 cup diced sausage
salt & pepper
olive oil for sauteing
1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Form 4 patties. If you have time, refrigerate the patties for about 10 minutes to let them set up. (I did not do this because I'm a rather impatient person, and it still worked!)
3. Heat a bit of oil in a pan and cook potato patties for about 4 minutes on each side. The cheese will help the patties get crispy and will be ooozy (did I just make up a word?) in the middle. Serve with sour cream and a some freshly chopped scallions.
You can also serve these with heated tomato sauce or some cold salsa. For a party, make these into bite sized appetizers!