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Cheesy leftover mashed potato pancakes

The perfect way to transform mashed potatoes, just add cheese and a classic side dish becomes something new...

COOKING TIME 35 minutes
Cheesy leftover mashed potato pancakes

3 cups chilled leftover mashed potatoes

2/3 cup shredded Frico Mimolette cheese

2 tablespoons chopped scallions, green and white parts

1 egg, lightly beaten

3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil, for pan-frying

Sour cream, for serving

In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, cheese, scallions, egg and 3 tablespoons flour until combined. Using your hands, divide the mixture into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a compact ball then flatten it into a pancake about a 1/2-inch-thick.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup of flour in a shallow dish and carefully dredge each pancake in the flour.

Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. (Add enough oil to thoroughly coat the bottom of the pan).

Fry the pancakes, in batches, until they’re golden brown and crispy on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Add more oil to the pan as needed between batches. (Do not overcrowd the pan and do not flip the pancakes too soon or they won’t develop a crisp crust.) Transfer the pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle them with salt.

Serve the potato pancakes topped with sour cream and garnished with additional chopped scallions.