First, if your household is like mine, then there is a mountain of food to be consumed during the Christmas day celebration. Secondly, if your family is like mine, you always have leftovers. (Also, if your house was like mine growing up you usually found the corn in the microwave after the meal was finished.) Usually you eat the same leftovers for a week, during which you begin to loathe turkey and potatoes. I propose a second option, and that is to re-purpose them and re-create something better out of the metaphoric ashes of the classic Christmas dinner.
In “Re-purposing Volume 1” we are going to take those dried up mashed potatoes and really make them shine.
What you need:
- Leftover mashed potatoes
- Eggs (I used 3, the number depends on the amount of potatoes you have)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika.
- 2 cups of your favourite grated cheese. (I used Romano)
- Olive oil (once again it depends on the amount of potatoes)
- Cooking oil (only if pan frying)
- Salt and pepper to taste
How it’s done:
- In a mixing bowl place your potatoes, eggs, paprika, cheese (use half if using baking method) , and season with salt and pepper.
- Mix well until you have a consistency of a sticky dough.
- Using your hands take a small amount and form it into a ball roughly the size of a golf ball.
- Place on an oiled cookie sheet and flatten to make a round patty.
- Repeat until you have used all your potato mixture.
- At this point you have a choice. You can either bake or pan fry. Baking is easier, pan frying yields a crispier fritter. Your choice.
- Instructions for baking:
- Take the remaining cheese and sprinkle on the top of each fritter.
- Drizzle olive oil over the top of each fritter.
- Bake at 200C (400F) for 40-45 min or until crispy and golden brown.
- Serve warm.
- Instructions for frying:
- In a frying pan heat a 50/50 mix of olive and cooking oil to a level of about 1/2 “.
- Fry your fritters until they are golden on each side.
- Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
- Serve warm as a tasty side to that leftover turkey.