Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tator Cakes

I remember when I was a kid my grandma used to always make what she called tator cakes.  I have never made them as an adult, and in a friendly conversation, a friend sparked my curiosity as well as my taste buds!  I longed for that deliciousness I remember from my child hood!! 

For our Sunday lunch, we had a roast with mashed potatoes, carrots, purple hull peas, and of course mac and cheese.  There were lots of mashed potatoes left over, so I thought since I was going to make barbecue out of the pork roast for left overs I could also recycle the mashed potatoes!  So, that's just what I did. 

It turned out pretty well.  The kiddos loved them and I have a feeling that when they get home from school the remainder of the tator cakes will be gobbled up for their afternoon snack.  Want the recipe?  Well, here ya go.  It's simple and I am pretty sure it'll be a hit with the entire family as a side dish, snack food, or as in our case, a great breakfast! 

Tator Cakes

2 Cups Mashed Potatoes
1/4 Cup Flour
1 Egg
*finely diced onion (optional)
*shredded cheese (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together.  It will not have the consistency of pancakes.  It will be thick and sticky which can be tricky when putting them in the pan to fry.  Put some oil in the bottom of the pan and heat on medium heat until nice and hot.  You don't want a lot of oil, just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.  Dip a tablespoon full of the mixture out into the hot grease and then take a clean spoon and dip the back of it into the grease and smooth out and smash your potato cake down.  Cook 'em up golden brown, flip them babies over and do the same thing.  There you have it, some yummy potato cakes.  You can eat them plain, or with your choice of condiments.  My kids prefer Ketchup.  *The optional items can be added to your family's likings! 

Enjoy!!

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5 comments, add yours here:

Jamie said...

Mmmmm looks tasty!

Crazy Working Mom said...

They ARE, Jamie! :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Life as a Convert (Khourt) said...

I havent had these in a while. I need to get on the ball of making them. They are yummy for sure.

Crazy Working Mom said...

Yummy indeed. Didn't have to worry 'bout leftovers that night!!!

Sara said...

We call them potato pancakes.