My dad recently suggested that I add mashed potato pancakes to my in-the-works retro vegan cookbook. He said he wasn't sure what decade they were from but that he grew up eating them and loves them. I grew up eating them too. Often, when my mama would make mashed potatoes, she'd use the leftovers to make these fried, flat potato patties for the next night's dinner.
They're not latkes. Those are usually made with grated potatoes. Delicious too. But mashed potato pancakes are different. I did a little research and couldn't find a decade of origination. But I did see a few websites that said these were popular in the 1940s, which would make sense. During war time, people didn't waste food. So you'd use your leftover potatoes for pancakes!
A couple nights ago, I made a batch of mashed potatoes just for making Mashed Potato Pancakes!
Yum! All you do is take mashed potatoes and add flour until the potatoes form a light dough. Then you scoop up the tater dough and flatten into a pancake. They're pan-fried in canola oil, and I used lots of garlic in the potatoes. Good stuff. I served them with ketchup and applesauce and lots of fresh chives from my herb garden.
On the side, I made Earth Balance Mac & Cheese and some frozen Sweet Peas. This is pure comfort food!!