Leftover Savory Mashed Potato Pancakes

Use leftover plain or garlic mashed potatoes to make these cheesy, savory pancakes. Who knew fighting food waste could be so ridiculously tasty.

3 cups leftover mashed potatoes (room temperature will be the easiest to work with so let them sit out for 30 minutes before you start)

1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup chopped green onions, plus more for garnish

1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon or chopped ham

3 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste

Butter or oil for frying

Sour cream for serving

Add the leftover mashed potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Add cheese, flour, green onions, bacon or ham, eggs, garlic powder, thyme, and salt and pepper. Stir until the mixture is well combined and uniform.
Using your hands, form the mixture into 12 patties about half an inch thick. This is a great opportunity for little ones to help!
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add a small amount of vegetable oil (around 1-2 teaspoons) or butter. Add 2-4 patties to the hot oil, but do not overcrowd the pan. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.
Enjoy warm with a dollop of sour cream, some more sliced green onions, and some extra cheese, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings