Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Roasted Garlic Potato Cakes

So what am I going to do with the roasted garlic I made in the last post? How about transforming some left over mashed potatoes into a wonderful treat, Roasted Garlic Potato Cakes.
 It's so nice to be able to take something you never know what to do with -like a few big spoonfuls of left over mashed potatoes- and turn it into a whole new tasty side dish!

Roasted Garlic Potato Cakes
2 C mashed potatoes
6-8 cloves roasted garlic
1 egg
1/4 C flour
S&P to taste
Olive oil for frying
  1. Preheat skillet or griddle to medium.
  2. Mash garlic in bowl large enough for all ingredients.
  3. Add egg and beat well.
  4. Add everything else and mix well.
  5. Drizzle olive oil onto skillet/griddle, I prefer non-stick for this.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of potato mixture onto skillet/griddle, leaving enough room between each one so it can be flattened out a bit with the spoon. You'll want them a touch thicker than 1/4".
  7. Fry until nicely browned, approximately 5-7 minutes for each side.
  8. Serve with sour cream and chives-optional.
  • The potato mixture should be thick enough that it sticks together, not runny like pancake batter. Add a little more flour if you have to.
  • You'll probably have to fry it in two batches, place the bowl of potatoes in the fridge while the first batch cooks, it's easier to work with cold.
  • You can change this up by simply using different flavored salts. Smoked, mushroom and chipotle sound good to me, and your favorite seasoned salt would always be welcome.
  • Frying them in bacon fat would be another idea.
  • Don't hesitate to add grated onion or chopped chives to the potatoes. I wanted the roasted garlic to be the dominate flavor so I left the onion out.
  • These potato cakes can be a little fragile, so be decisive when it comes time to turn them over. You want to get the spatula under them completely and turn them quickly. 
  • The browner you make them, the crispier and more flavorful they get.
  • As I went out to snip some chives the rosemary caught my eye... That would be a wonderful addition, Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Potato Cakes-well now, doesn't that sound fancy!
  • This can easily be cut in half for one or two people, just estimate the egg.
  • Another idea for the roasted garlic is Creamy Vegetable Soup.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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  1. You always make my tummy grumble. Which is s a nice change from just me grumbling!

  2. You are a cooking machine! These look yummy.

  3. I'm comin' over. When's dinner, lol?! Two of my favorite things combined. Does it get any better than that? I've always wondered how to make potato cakes and have tried several times but they didn't turn out very good. Thanks for sharing this recipe... nomnomnom!

  4. Those look perfect! I was wondering about how they would turn over. You did great!

  5. Potato cakes rock! I recall eating them as a kid whenever we had leftover mashed potatoes... just down home food.

  6. What a nice change with the roasted garlic! Great job Lynn!!

  7. Idaho loves you Lynn. You post the best potato recipes here. Also, roasted garlic adds so much flavor. Great job!

  8. Hi Lynn,
    yes, that looks fabulous. Made my mouth watering.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  9. Potato cakes are one of our favorites...we add whatever we are lovin' at the moment...cheese, bacon, garlic...chopped green onions...yum...
    I love anything made with roasted garlic...:)

  10. Oh yes... I'm pinning this one! My family would love it, and now that I know how to make the roasted garlic in the tin foil, it's doable.


  11. Leftover mashed potatoes are my favorite. Beautiful chive blossom! Being in a new house, I am just planting chives, so no blossoms.

  12. Oooo my goodness... will you come cook for me, lol. I love potato cakes & yours look so good.

  13. Now that is a super yummy thing to do with leftover mashed potatoes - hmmmm I just happen to have some roasted garlic and mashed potatoes in my fridge ...... thanks!

  14. Hi Lynn- Garlic makes anything taste even better! I love potato cakes and the addition of the roasted garlic would be even more tasty! The sour cream would be the "icing on the cake." LOL
    Hope all is well with you and Earl- I am so darn behind in all my blog visiting!

  15. They look delicious! I am allergic to garlic, so leave some plain for me! :)

  16. I love potato cakes. My husband doesn't get the concept - all he sees is leftovers - so I don't get to make them often, but I may have to make some just for me tomorrow.

  17. Oh my gosh, I love potato cakes! My Mom always would make them with leftover mashed potatoes & to be it was such a treat. With the roasted garlic...now that is even better! Woo hoo!!!

  18. Thank you, Thank you. I have been looking for this recipe for a long time. I remember it from my childhood.

  19. The potato cakes look and sound delicious and so easy to make. I think I could make a meal of them.

  20. These look so good!! I'd be honored if you hopped over to my blog and shared this at our What's for Dinner sunday link up! http://lazygastronome.com


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