Guys, I slept until noon today. It was amazing. To be honest, I probably could have slept for at least another hour or two, but I felt kind of guilty. It’s not like I had errands I needed get done or anything, but Dan had been awake since 9am, and even the cats, who are without a doubt the laziest creatures on the planet, were up and about. Bastards.
It’s been a while since I’ve cooked any real food for us to eat, so when I finally managed to haul my ass out of bed, I figured it was time to get back in the kitchen. I didn’t have to ask Dan what he wanted — in Dan’s mind, weekends were made for bacon-eating, period. So, I fixed him a big plateful of crispy bacon and set about rummaging in the pantry for my lunch.
So many options, so little motivation to cook. I was getting frustrated and just about to give up and eat leftover sushi from last night when I remembered a recipe I saw on FoodGawker a couple months ago: mashed potato cakes. Not only did the cakes look delicious, but the recipe also seemed ridiculously simple — just mix some leftover mashed potatoes (or, instant mashed potatoes in my case) with bread crumbs, cheese, and an egg, shape it into patties, and pan fry. In just 30 minutes I had a plateful of fragrant golden disks that were crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and full of cheesy, garlicky, potato-y good flavor. Served with a little sour cream and some bacon bits, they made for a very satisfying lunch.
** I had these for lunch, but I could see myself serving these as appetizers.
- Instant mashed potatoes (made from 1 full packet -- follow directions on the box) (You can obviously use homemade mashed potatoes too. That will probably taste even better. I don't usually have any though, because I always just eat every last scrap of potatoes I make. But, FYI, 1 packet of instant flakes makes about 3-4 cups mashed potatoes, so if you're using homemade stuff, adjust your other ingredient measurements accordingly.)
- ⅔ cup Colby Jack cheese, grated
- 1-1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp chives, chopped
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until everything is uniformly incorporated.
- Using your hands, scoop out generous portions of the potato mixture, and shape it into patties. (These can be as big as you want. My patties were about 1 inch thick and 2 inches across.)
- Spray a large pan/skillet with Pam and set it on the stove over medium/high heat.
- Cook mashed potato patties 3-4 at a time, about 1-2 minutes on each side. (If you're using a pan/skillet with a cover, put the lid on when you're cooking each side. This will trap the heat and cook the patties all the way around, even on the edges.)
- Serve warm, with sour cream and bacon bits.